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Clean Reads

This list includes books that don't have sex, violence or swearing.

Abbott, Hailey. The Bridesmaid.
Having vowed as children to never marry after witnessing disastrous weddings and obnoxious brides in their parents' wedding planning business, 15-year-old Abby is dismayed when her older sister Carol suddenly gets engaged and turns into "Bridezilla."

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women.
Chronicles the lives of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in nineteenth-century New England.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793.
In 1793 Philadelphia, 16-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Bauer, Joan. Peeled.
In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

Cabot, Meg. All American Girl.
A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

Carlson, Melody. It's My Life: Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Sixteen-year-old Caitlin struggles with her feelings about her best friend's pregnancy, boys who tempt her to break her vow not to date, non-Christian friends, and what God may be calling her to do with her life.

Carter, Ally. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You.
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls' school--except that it's a school for spies. Cammie may be an elite spy-in-training, but she's also on her most dangerous mission-- falling in love.

Fisk, Pauline. Midnight Blue.
Bonnie's newfound happiness in a world beyond the sky is threatened by the cruel Grandbag, and although she is offered help by the ancient, elusive lord and lady of the hill, she alone must meet the challenge in the end.

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book.
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Gardner, Sally. The red necklace : a story of the French Revolution.
In the late 18th century, Sido, the 12-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a 14-year-old Gypsy raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden.
Government regulations limit families to two children each, so Luke, an illegal third-born, must live his life in secret, hidden in his family's farmhouse. Then he joins Jen for a chance to come out into the light.

Hesse, Karen. Aleutian Sparrow.
An Aleutian Islander recounts her suffering during World War II in American internment camps designed to "protect" the population from the invading Japanese.

Hobbs, Will. Leaving Protection.
16-year-old Robbie Daniels, happy to get a job aboard a troller fishing off southeastern Alaska, finds himself in danger when he discovers that his captain is searching for long-buried Russian plaques.

Kadohata, Cynthia. Weedflower.
After 12-year-old Sumiko and her family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave reservation, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs.
8th grade football hero Wallace is sentenced to attend rehearsals of the school play where he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

Larson, Kirby. Hattie Big Sky.
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, 16-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war in Europe.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ever.
14-year-old Kezi and Olus, Akkan god of the winds, fall in love and together try to change her fate--to be sacrificed to a Hyte god because of a rash promise her father made--through a series of quests that might make her immortal.

Lubar, David. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.
While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

Lupica, Mike. Travel Team.
12-year-old Danny Walker, the smallest kid on the basketball court is cut from the very travel team his father led to national prominence as a boy.

Meyer, Carolyn. Marie, Dancing.
This moving, historically based account examines the life of Marie van Goethem, a 14-year-old ballet dancer in the famed Paris Opera who was the model for Edgar Degas's most famous sculpture, "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen."

Schmidt, Gary. Wednesday Wars.
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, 7th grader Holling stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare.

Shaw, Tucker. Flavor of the Week.
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

Vande Velde, Vivian. Heir Apparent.
While playing a virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, 14-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.

Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies.
In Tally's world, your 16th birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty.

Weyn, Suzanne. The Barcode Tattoo.
The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run ... for her life.

Zevin, Gabrielle. Elsewhere.
After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she must adjust to her new surroundings and figure out how to "live."

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