Stories For Teens Without Dirty Laundry

Want to find fiction for your teen at your public library? Check out the American Library Association's list of "Books That Don't Make You Blush: No Dirty Laundry Here." From one of the members on the committee:
We decided to include books for people who don't want swearing, sex, more offensive topics — not "too raunchy and rude" but that still would qualify as POPULAR, which after all is supposed to be our most important criterion. To tell the truth, I wasn't crazy about being on this sub-committee because I was afraid of a bunch of tepid stuff. But as it turned out, we ended up with a terrific list of fun reads that will appeal to the whole age range of 12-18, and with a variety of genres and formats.
Here's the complete list:
  • Abbott, Hailey. The Bridesmaid. 2005. Delacorte, paper, $7.95. (0-385-73220-1).
  • Bauer, Joan. Backwater. 2000. Putnam, paper, $6.99. (0-698-11865-0).
  • Bruchac, Joseph. The Warriors. 2003. Darby Creek, paper, $4.99. (1-58196-022-0.)
  • Cabot, Meg. All-American Girl. 2003. HarperTrophy, paper, $6.99. (0-06-447277-9).
  • Cappo, Nan Willard. Cheating Lessons. 2003. Simon Pulse, paper, $4.99. (0-689-86018-8).
  • Carlson, Melody. It's My Life: Diary of a Teenage Girl. 2000. Multnomah Publisher, paper, $12.99. (1-57673-735-7).
  • Ferris, Jean. Love Among the Walnuts. 1998. Harcourt, paper, $5.99. (0-14-131099-5).
  • Hilgartner, Beth. Murder for Her Majesty. 1992. Houghton Mifflin, paper, $5.95. (0-395-61619-0).
  • Hobbs, Will. Leaving Protection. 2005. HarperCollins, paper, $5.99. (0-380-73312-9).
  • Karr, Kathleen. The Boxer. 2004. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, paper, $6.95. (0-374-40886-6).
  • Lubar, David. Dunk. 2002. Clarion Books, paper, $6.99. (0-618-43909-9).
  • Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn. 2005. HarperEos, paper, $6.99. (0-06-053182-7).
  • Rabb, M. E. The Rose Queen. 2004. Penguin, paper, $ 6.99. (0-14-250041-0).
  • Rallison, Janette. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School. 2005. Walker & Company, paper, $6.95. (0-8027-7725-2).
  • Schindler, Nina (translator, Rob Barrett). An Order of Amelie, Hold the Fries. 2004. Annick Press, paper, $8.95. (1-55037-860-0).
  • Shaw, Tucker. Flavor of the Week. 2005. Hyperion, paper, $5.99. (0-7868-5698-X).
  • Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. 2005. Candlewick Press, paper, $7.99. (0-7636-2827-1).
  • Smith, Greg Leitich. Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo. 2005. Little, Brown and Company, paper, $6.99. (0-316-01181-9).
  • Takaya, Natsuki. Fruits Basket Vol. 1. 2004. Tokyopop, paper, $9.99. (1-591826-039-8).
  • Trottier, Maxine. Sister to the Wolf. 2004. Kids Can Press, paper, $6.95. (1-55337-520-3).
  • Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. 2003. Knopf, paper, $8.95. (0-375-82544-4).
  • Vaughan, Brian K. Runaways Vol. 1: Pride & Joy. Illustrated by Adrian Alphona. 2004. Marvel, paper, $7.99. (0-7851-1379-7).
  • Weaver, Will. Memory Boy. 2003. HarperTrophy, paper, $5.99. (0-06-440854-x).
  • Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. 2005. Simon Pulse, paper, $6.99. (0-689-86538-4).

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