suggestions for clean books for teens

Clean Books for Teens and Tweens

Hi! I’m Sara, and this is my ongoing list of clean books for teens and tweens. I’ve had the opportunity to read lots of clean books lately, and several others have been recommended to me by trusted sources. I’m happy to share those with you!

If you find it difficult to identify newer books without all the language, sex, or mature situations, you’re not alone. Many people are looking for these books, and they ARE out there. You just have to dig a little deeper to find them. The big publishing companies aren’t backing clean books as often right now, so I started searching in smaller publishing houses or from indie authors. I’ve found some great reads this way.

Because of this, some of these may not be at your local library, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them there. In fact, if you want your library to offer more clean books for teens, you should request more clean books, so they’ll know what their community wants. You can request books at your library on their website, in person, or over the phone.

I’ve been asked many times, and yes, this list reflects my Christian values. I will not suggest anything that contradicts my faith. If you have specific questions about any of these books, feel free to contact me. If you are looking for children’s or YA books by Christian authors only, you might like this list: Teen Books by Christian Authors.

My suggestions for clean books for teenagers

Here are my clean YA book suggestions. Click the titles to read a synopsis on Amazon.

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this dreamer by sara watterson

This Dreamer
by Sara Watterson

YA Fantasy Adventure Romance

No language, no sex, mild fantasy violence

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a sould as cold as frost, clean teen book series

A Soul as Cold as Frost
by Jennifer Kropf

YA Fantasy

No language, no sex

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My favorite color is your something blue

My Favorite Color is Your Something Blue
by Eva Austin

YA Contemporary Romance

No language, no sex. First in an ongoing series.

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within these lines, clean ya historical romance

Within these Lines
by Stephanie Morrill

YA Historical Fiction

No language, no sex

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A Forest of Stolen Memories
by Callie Thomas

YA Fantasy

No language, no sex

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clean scifi book for teens

Skyward
by Brandon Sanderson

YA Science Fiction

No language, no sex, mild fantasy violence
I have only read the first book in this series.

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the summer we forgot, clean books for teenagers

The Summer We Forgot
by Caroline George

YA Mystery Thriller

No sex, mild murder mystery violence
The characters do attend parties where drinking takes place, though it is not glorified, and there are discussions of past make-out sessions.

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unbetrothed, clean fantasy for teens

Unbetrothed
by Candice Pedraza Yamnitz

YA Fantasy

I have not finished this one, but it was recommended to me as a clean read.

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steel heart, clean book for boys

Steelheart
by Brandon Sanderson

YA Science Fiction

I have not finished this one, but it was recommended to me as a clean read.

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calculated - clean contemporary book for teens

Calculated
by Nova McBee

YA Contemporary Thriller

No language, no sex, mild violence

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vivid, clean fantasy

Vivid
by Ashley Bustamante

YA Fantasy

No language, no sex, mild fantasy violence

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recruit of talionis

Recruit of Talionis
by C.J. Milacci

YA Dystopian

I have not finished this one, but it was recommended to me as a clean read.

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Revenge of the Nerd Goddess a clean contemporary book

Revenge of the Nerd Goddess
by Janette Rallison

YA Contemporary Romance

No language, no sex

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, there is only an e-book for this one.

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clean contemporary romance

P.S. I Like You
by Kasie West

YA Contemporary Romance

No language, no sex
I also liked this author’s books called The Fill-in Boyfriend and Borrow My Heart.

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clean books for tweens

The Wonderland Trials
by Sara Ella

Fantasy

I have not finished this one, but it was recommended to me as a clean read.

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the selection, clean ya fantasy

The Selection
by Kiera Cass

Fantasy Romance

No language, no sex

Be warned: there is a fair amount of kissing in this one. 😉

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stealing embers | clean urban fantasy

Stealing Embers
by Julie Hall

Urban Fantasy

A few instances of mild language, no sex, mild fantasy violence.
It had an older teen vibe.

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clean books for teens

Romanov
by Nadine Brandes

Historical Fantasy

No language, no sex, some violence

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clean ya science fiction

Recorder
by Cathy Mccrumb

Science Fiction

No language, no sex, mild fantasy violence

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a thousand heartbeats, clean ya book

A Thousand Heartbeats
by Kiera Cass

YA Fantasy Romance

No language, no sex, mild fantasy violence

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the uncertainty of fire, clean christian ya

The Uncertainty of Fire
by Stephanie Daniels

YA Historical Romance

I have not finished this one, but it was recommended to me as a clean read.

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enhanced candace kade

Enhanced
by Candace Kade

YA Dystopian

No language, no sex, mild fantasy violence

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cloaked by Kovaciny

Cloaked
by Rachel Kovaciny

YA Western Retelling

I have not finished this one, but it was recommended to me as a clean read.

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Suggestions? Let me know in the comments.

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Sara Watterson

5 thoughts on “Clean Books for Teens and Tweens

  1. Patty King

    Thanks so much, Sara, for a great reading list!! I finished the Dreamer, which I enjoyed, and love clean fantasy. Donita K Paul has some great dragon stories with an underlying Christian theme.
    I look forward to checking out these recommendations.

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