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This list started as a compilation of clean books that my children or I have personally read. Since the demand for more clean books has been requested by many of you, we are updating the list with some of your suggestions and with books that we have found to be considered clean through research we have done. If a book on the list has personally been read by my family is will see this *** after the book title.
What is a “clean” book? I know everybody’s opinion may vary, but here is generally how we define a “clean” book. These books are not filled with swear words or sexual situations. None of these books have a mature 17+ rating. I generally err on the side of caution when it comes to “clean” books, but again, perspectives vary. While I made this list for teens, many of these books are entertaining for adults too. In addition to enjoying the stories, reading some of the same books that my teens have read has often provided opportunities for conversations that help build on the parent/teen relationship, which is always an added bonus.
Brandon Sanderson is one of my boys’ favorite author The books in this series are huge too, so it will keep your teens (or you) reading for awhile. You honestly can not go wrong with any of Brandon Sanderson’s books and you will find many of his books on our list.
Here is another great series by Brandon Sanderson, this series is a favorite at our house.
Once again, you can’t go wrong with books by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Mull is a favorite author of one of my other boys. I am pretty sure that most of the Brandon Mull series’ are clean.
So many of you have recommended Melanie Dickerson, I am thinking if you choose any of her books they should be good. All of these books are a retelling of famous stories like Cinderella, Mulan, etc.
I’ve had several recommendations to add The Ranger’s Apprentice series to the list. One of my boys has read the entire series (it was a very long time ago though). In some cases these books have some violence, but I don’t think it is anything too drastic, especially since so many of you have recommended this series for this list.
This series by Brandon Sanderson book series will even work for a slightly younger crowd. While the books are aimed for tweens and young teens it has been promised to me that teens will love this book (this promise comes from my college age kid who is home for break).
I had a suggestion that the Brotherband Chronicles should be added to the list, this series was a favorite of one of my boys. There is some violence, but it isn’t too bad.
The Michael Vey series was loved by both boys and girls in our family. My husband even read it with our 8 year old and they both liked it. It’s a great series for the whole family.
This series happens to be a part of Kindle Unlimited, so if you are a member you can read these all of these for free.
My daughter had read many Kasie West books, she is quickly becoming an “auto-buy” author for my daughter. Her favorite was the The Distance Between Us, it has some fun witty banter. The Pivot Point 2-book series was another fun one too. Other than Pivot Point, the rest of the books are stand alone books.
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass is a popular one. My daughter has read the entire series and enjoyed them all. I will say that several people have mentioned that they do not consider all of these books appropriate. My daughter read these several years ago and she honestly doesn’t remember anything hugely inappropriate. Proceed with caution if you are concerned.
Here is a series that boys will like, in fact, this series will even work for a slightly younger crowd too. I asked my son if he was sure that teens would like them and he assured me they would.
I have heard nothing but great things about the Katie Parker Productions series. I loved that I was able to pick up the Kindle edition of the first book for FREE!
We’ve added the Christy Miller series to the list, there are actually 9 books in the original series (we’ve included 3 volumes each with 3 books). There have since been additional books added to this series, but we haven’t had the chance to read them yet.
The Gallagher Girls was one of my daughter’s favorite series when she was younger (she’s in college now). She has actually read most of these books more than once. Definitely two thumbs up from her on the entire series.
Many of you recommended we check out the Princess Academy series. These books are perfect for younger teens and tweens too.
I have included links for all of these books at Amazon for both the print and Kindle editions. I highly recommend checking to see if these books are available at your library. I love, love, love my library system and I especially love the fact that I can check out ebooks with the OverDrive Media Console (it’s the coolest thing ever – no more late fees!)
Don’t forget to leave suggestions for books we can add to this list. Happy reading!