"Clean" Teen Reads

A parent from my church who frequently talks books with me during choir practice, emailed asking for some advice and suggestions for her tween age daughter. She is choosing more and more books from the teen area and her parents want to be able to monitor a bit how much sex and violence Tween might be encountering. Mom said she uses Common Sense Media for movie reviews, but noticed they didn't seem to have as many book reviews.

I've been asked this question several times over the few years I've been practicing, but had never compiled a good list of resources in one place.

Here's part of my response:

There's a site called Clean Teen Reads http://cleanteenreads.com/ that I know of, but I haven't given it a good test to see what their coverage is like.

If you use the Goodreads site at all, there's a group on there http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/39799-clean-teen-reads

This is another one I'd try for a couple ideas: http://cleanteenfiction.blogspot.com/

This site is new to me, but they've got DETAILED information on a good list of books https://sites.google.com/site/parentalbookreviews/ I'm definitely bookmarking this one!

Otherwise, for specific titles, I'd say Googling them and reading some blog reviews will be your best bet.

Part of the fun of reading is self-selection, and I think it's an important skill to have, BUT.... here are some lists you could offer for a little bit of "guided" self-selection.



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