Clean Read List contains minimal or no violence, no strong language, no sexual dialogue or situations. Romance limited to chaste kissing and hugging. If it is the first title in the series, we recommend parents read before or alongside their child.


Airborn

Oppel, Kenneth, 1967-

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

 

Chains : seeds of America

Anderson, Laurie Halse.

Isabel, a young American Revoluntionary-era slave, wades through the dangerous shoals of staying loyal to her disabled sister, spying for the rebels, and facing her Tory master's cruelty. This book was a National Book Award finalist. Be sure to check out the sequel, Forge, as well.

Cinder

Meyer, Marissa
Call Number: YA

What if Cinderella was a cyborg? Debut author Marissa Meyer answers this question with the first book in a new series set in a plague-ridden dystopian future where the Earth is on the brink of war with the moon, and everything may hinge on the identity of a young cyborg mechanic.

The city of Ember

DuPrau, Jeanne.
Call Number: YA

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. First in a series.

Dealing with dragons

Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-
Call Number: YA

Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom. First of a series.

 

Does my head look big in this?

Abdel-Fattah, Randa.

Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.

Eragon

Paolini, Christopher.
Call Number: YA

In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. 

Etiquette & espionage

Carriger, Gail.
Call Number: YA

"Finishing" School takes on a new meaning when Sophronia faces flying bandits and other perils on the journey from her home to board a floating school for young ladies. Fortunately, she is a resourceful teen and rises to the occasion, making friends in unlikely places along the way. This is a refreshing YA adventure prequel to the Parasol Protectorate series.

Everlost

Shusterman, Neal.
Call Number: YA

When Nick and Allie are killed in a car crash, they end up in Everlost, or limbo for lost souls, where although Nick is satisfied, Allie will stop at nothing--even skinjacking--to break free. First in a series.

 

The false prince

Nielsen, Jennifer A.
Call Number: YA
 In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. 

 

Flygirl

Smith, Sherri L.

During World War II, 18-year-old Ida Mae Jones passes for white so she can join the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), serve her country, and fulfill her lifelong dream of flying. Smith tells a riveting story about a little-known chapter of World War II history, set against the backdrop of Jim Crow America.

Found

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.
Call Number: YA

When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time. First in a series.

 

Frogkisser!

Nix, Garth,
Call Number: YA

Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother's new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land -- and teach her a thing or two about the use of power, the effectiveness of a well-placed pucker, and the finding of friends in places both high and low.

 

Going vintage

Leavitt, Lindsey.
Call Number: YA

When sixteen-year-old Mallory learns that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with his cyber "wife," she rebels against technology by following her grandmother's list of goals from 1962, with help from her younger sister, Ginnie.

 

The goose girl

Hale, Shannon.
Call Number: YA

On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.  

 

The Grimm Legacy

Shulman, Polly.

New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

 

The healer's apprentice

Dickerson, Melanie.
Call Number: YA

In this story loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, seventeen-year-old Rose, a healer's apprentice, falls in love with the betrothed Lord Hamlin, who is seeking the sorcerer who cursed his future bride.

 

I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you

Carter, Ally.
Call Number: YA

As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission. First in a series.

 

Legend

Lu, Marie, 1984-
Call Number: YA

In a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, elites of the powerful Republic wage constant war against rebels of the poverty- and plague-stricken colonies. June is a prodigy of the Republic, Day is one of its most wanted criminals - and the prime suspect in the murder of June's brother. June will stop at nothing to hunt him down, but what she discovers threatens to expose some shocking truths about her government.

Leviathan

Westerfeld, Scott.

This young adult novel has action, adventure, a heroine in disguise, a prince on the run, giant monsters, intrigue, strange machines, and just enough World War I history to get you in trouble in history class.

The lightning thief

Riordan, Rick.

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and the god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. First in a series.

 

Love, lies and spies

Anstey, Cindy,
Call Number: YA

In the early 1800s, when her father sends her to London for a season, eighteen-year-old Juliana Telford, who prefers researching ladybugs to marriage, meets handsome Spencer Northam, a spy posing as a young gentleman of leisure.

Lucky in love

West, Kasie,
Call Number: YA

Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- She wins! In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust. Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret? With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

 

Mare's war

Davis, Tanita S.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps

Mars One

Maberry, Jonathan,
Call Number: YA

A teenage boy leaves for Mars as a colonist with the Mars One space program and grapples with what he's leaving behind to do so.

 

Matched

Condie, Allyson Braithwaite.
Call Number: YA

In Cassia's world, the Society dictates her career, her education, and even the date of her death. But at her "Match Banquet," where she will learn the identity of her future spouse, two images flicker on the screen. The Society tells her it's a glitch, but Cassia has doubts and for the first time, thinks she might prefer making her own decisions.

Michael Vey : the prisoner of cell 25

Evans, Richard Paul.
Call Number: YA

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette's syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special--he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael's friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens--and through them, the world.

Pivot point

West, Kasie.
Call Number: YA

A girl with the power to search alternate futures lives out six weeks of two different lives in alternating chapters. Both futures hold the potential for love and loss, and ultimately she is forced to choose which fate she is willing to live through.

 

Prophecy

Oh, Ellen.
Call Number: YA

A demon slayer and the prince she is sworn to protect must flee a demon invasion and unravel a prophecy to save the kingdom. The other books in this series inspired by Korean folklore are Warrior (2014) and King (2015).

The Rithmatist

Sanderson, Brandon.
Call Number: YA

Ruby red

Gier, Kerstin.
Call Number: YA

Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.

The school for good and evil

Chainani, Soman.
Call Number: YA

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option. Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed--Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are ...? The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. First in a series

The selection

Cass, Kiera.
Call Number: YA

Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her. First in a series.

 

Seraphina : a novel

Hartman, Rachel.
Call Number: YA

Dragons and humans have drawn up a tenuous treaty that allows for peace in the kingdom of Goredd. Musician Seraphina Dombegh just joined the kingdom’s court when a member of the royal family is murdered. Serephina gets drawn into the investigation with the extremely intelligent Prince Lucian Kiggs, but as they get closer to the truth, the secret to Seraphina’s talent is in danger of being revealed.

Shadowland

Cabot, Meg.

After moving from New York to California with her newly married mother, 16-year-old Susannah has to cope not only with her new stepbrothers, but also with the handsome ghost sitting in her new bedroom and the angry girl ghost haunting her new school. First in a series.

 

Since you asked--

Goo, Maurene.
Call Number: YA

When fifteen-year-old Holly Kim’s snarky article is accidentally published in the school newspaper, she lands a weekly column and rants her way through the school year. But can she manage mean girls, jocks, being a normal teenager, and her parents’ old-school Korean values without going completely insane? This smart, insightful debut will have you laughing so hard you cry.

Splintered

Howard, A. G. (Anita G.).
Call Number: YA

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

Stargirl

Spinelli, Jerry.
Call Number: YA

When Stargirl arrives at Mica High she’s considered different and intriguing with her odd style and quirky sensibility. But what was once interesting and charming becomes off-putting, and the students of Mica High start to turn on her. Leo befriends Stargirl, observing the events of the school year unfold, uncertain of his place in it, wanting her to conform rather than face the repercussions.

Stormbreaker

Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-
Call Number: YA

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6. First in a series.

 

Tangerine

Bloor, Edward, 1950-
Call Number: YA

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. Includes author's afterword and reader's guide.

Ten miles past normal

Dowell, Frances O'Roark.
Call Number: YA

Because living with "modern-hippy" parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.

 

Terrier

Pierce, Tamora.
Call Number: YA

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.

 

This is what happy looks like

Smith, Jennifer E., 1980-
Call Number: YA

Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet online when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two 17-year-olds strike up an e-mail relationship from opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names. What's more, Ellie doesn't know Graham is a famous actor, and Graham doesn't know about the big secret in Ellie's family tree. When the relationship goes from online to in-person, they find out whether their relationship can be the real thing

 

Tiger's curse

Houck, Colleen.
Call Number: YA

Seventeen-year-old Oregon teenager Kelsey forms a bond with a circus tiger who's actually one of two brothers, Indian princes Ren and Kishan, who were cursed to live as tigers for eternity, and she travels with him to India where the tiger's curse may be broken once and for all.

 

 

 

Uprising

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.
Call Number: YA

In 1927, at the urging of twenty-one-year-old Harriet, Mrs.  Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike, then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss's daughter, was only five years old. Includes historical notes.

 

The Wednesday wars

Schmidt, Gary D.

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.