Books that are great even without sex, language or violence.

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Rules of the Road
Joan Bauer

TEEN BAUER

Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who wants her to retire, and along the way Jenna finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.


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Things Not Seen
Andrew Clements

TEEN CLEMENTS

When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.


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Shelter (Book One): A Mickey Bolitar Novel
Harlan Coben

MYS TEEN COBEN

After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.


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Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)
Eoin Colfer

SF TEEN COLFER

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.


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Matched
Ally Condie

SF TEEN CONDIE

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate—until Ky Markham’s face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.


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What Happened to Goodbye
Sarah Dessen

TEEN DESSEN

Following her parents’ bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.


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Gone
Michael Grant

SF TEEN GRANT

When everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears from a California town, a battle erupts between the remaining residents and the students from a local school, as well as those who have “The Power” and those who do not.


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Among The Hidden
Margaret Peterson Haddix

SF TEEN HADDIX

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.


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Hoot
Carl Hiaasen

TEEN HIAASEN

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.


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Airborn
Kenneth Oppel

SF TEEN OPPEL

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.


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Jacob Have I Loved
Katherine Paterson

NEWBERY TEEN PATERSON or NEWBERY J PATERSON

A remote Chesapeake Bay island and the ancient biblical story of sibling rivalry form the background to this story about an unloved elder twin sister who struggles to claim her own birthright.


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Hatchet
Gary Paulsen

TEEN PAULSEN

Headed for Canada to visit his father, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him live in the wilderness.


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The Wednesday Wars
Gary D. Schmidt

TEEN SCHMIDT

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.


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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith

ROM TEEN SMITH

Stuck at the airport, Hadley encounters a seemingly perfect boy in the cramped waiting area and shares a whirlwind 24-hour romance that challenges her beliefs about family and second chances.


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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth George Speare

NEWBERY TEEN SPEARE

A young girl from Barbados becomes the
object of a seventeenth-century witch hunt.


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Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli

TEEN SPINELLI

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.


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