6 Great Clean Teen Reads

6 Great Clean Teen Reads

Even though I'm known most for my work as a cozy historical mystery novelist, I started out writing Young Adult. I found there was a market for "clean" reads. Clean when used as an adjective for books usually means story-telling without explicit sex, bad language or graphic violence.

I usually read a lot of books in the genre I write in, and when I was writing YA, I read a lot of great young adult books written by other authors.

Here are 6 awesome clean teen reads you might enjoy.

1. The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Who wouldn't love a book (or six!) about teenage spies? From the Amazon blurb: Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission -- falling in love.

2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike


Wings by Aprilynne Pike

This 5 book series is about a teen who discovers she's connected to the fairy world. From Amazon blurb: In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

3. Matched by Ally Condie

Matched by Ally Condie

This 3 book series is young adult dystopian taking place in an alternate reality. From Amazon blurb:  Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The 4 books in the Lunar Chronicles are fairytale twists, the first being Cinderella. From the Amazon blurb:  The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .

5. The Heist Society Series also by Ally Carter

Heist Society by Ally Carter

From spies to mobsters, this series also from Ally Carter is sure to please. From the Amazon blurb:  With its glamorous international settings, intriguing suspense, complicated cons and even more complicated romance, Heist Society is stealing the hearts of Ally Carter fans everywhere.

6. Clockwise by Lee Strauss - shameless plug!


Clockwise by Lee Strauss

Almost sixteen-year-old Casey Donovan just wants to survive high school ~ uncontrollable trips to the 19th century do NOT help, especially when you accidentally take the cutest boy in the school back in time!


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