Just the Good Stuff Booklist for Teens

April 21, 2009

Due to branch requests, I’ve created a “clean reads” or “gentle reads” booklist for teens called “Just the Good Stuff.”  This was a tricky list to create because I really had to carefully read the books paying particular attention to “bad” words, drinking, and sex.  I wasn’t just reading for enjoyment or looking at writing quality.  I picked up many books that were recommended for the list only to find some unacceptable language or behavior 1/2 way through.  Even books that I had already read I had to skim in order to assure myself that I was remembering them correctly as “clean” reads.  So that said, if you come across a title on this list that you don’t think fits the definition of the list, then please let me know.  This list will eventually live on the teens web page, but in the meantime, I am pasting it below for you to start using.

Just the Good Stuff

Great books without the sex, drugs, and swearing you’re not interested in reading about!

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale*

Ever by Gail Carson Levine*

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs*

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial by Ronald Kidd

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison*

Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata

Peak by Roland Smith*

Peeled by Joan Bauer*

Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock*

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George*

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar*

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld*

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix*

Please note: These are books that we recommend for those teens looking for a gentle read. They generally have no swearing, sex, drug use or drunkenness. If these don’t fit your definition of a “gentle read,” please talk to library staff.

Check out more “Just the Good Stuff” books by authors with the * after their names.

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  1. […] 24, 2009 When creating the “Just the Good Stuff” booklist for teens, I used a variety of sources. I surveyed the YALSA-BK listserv, asked […]


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