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Gracie's Guide to Clean and Christian YA Fiction!

So...I've noticed a trend lately. Clean fiction - specifically Christian and inspirational fiction - fades into the background, overrun in libraries and bookstores by secular fiction that would make even secular fiction of a hundred years ago turn over in its grave...and I don't mean just adult fiction. I'm talking young adult fiction.

Kids are picking up books with heavy violence and profanity...and that's the good part, because authors and publishers are pushing sex outside of marriage and, worse, homosexuality and children.

That rotten basket of apples spoils the whole orchard, and many Christian readers are either left to fend for themselves in the vast wasteland of corrupted reading material...or they turn their noses up to fiction altogether and depart from the land in which many glories could be unearthed.

Pardon my prose, but I think you get my point.

This is why I've put together (along with the help of my friends...thank y'all!!!) a guide to some of the best Christian and clean YA fiction out there! Now, be aware that this is mainly all that my friends and I thought of off the top of our heads...there is a LOT more wholesome YA fiction out there, waiting to be read, which is why I'm open to any and all suggestions you have...and why I'll be updating this list periodically to include any other fantastic tales that need to be shared!

Now, before I list the books/series, let me define this list, shall I?

Everything is Christian, inspirational, allegorical, clean, and wholesome fiction for ages 12 to 18, ranging from fantasy to contemporary to speculative to historical to romance! Wondering what constitutes clean and Christian YA fiction? Click here!

Books containing romance will be marked by an asterisk! *winks*

Without further ado...the list! I hope y'all find many new books and authors to read and enjoy!


Gracie's Guide to Clean and Christian YA Fiction!


  • The Toymaker’s Doll by E. G. Bella

  • Lost Girl by R. M. Archer*

  • Era of Shadows by Daisy Torres*

  • The Princess Companion by Melanie Cellier*

  • When You Found Me by Anna Augustine*

  • The Seven Sleepers series by Gilbert L. Morris

  • The Unblemished series by Sara Ella*

  • The Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl*

  • Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis

  • The Lost Princesses series by Jody Hedlund*

  • The Fairest Maidens series by Jody Hedlund*

  • Knights of Brethren series by Jody Hedlund*

  • Daughters of Peverell series by Hannah Currie*

  • The House That Didn't End by E.K. Seaver*

  • Dust and Shadow by Kara Swanson*

  • The Tales of Ambia series by Allison Tebo*

  • The Goblin and the Dancer by Allison Tebo*

  • The Truth from Taerna series by Erika Mathews*

  • Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams

  • Fairest Son by H.S.J. Williams

  • The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson


  • Ignite by Jenna Terese

  • The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson*

  • Left Behind: The Kids series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim Lahaye

  • The Key to the Chains by Allison Tebo

  • The Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes*


  • The Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn*

  • Shattered Rose by Tammy L. Gray*

  • Phantom Thief by P.D. Atkerson

  • Meet My Boyfriend by Willowy Whisper*

  • Aftermath by Terri Blackstock*

  • The Tradewinds series by Taylor Bennett*

  • Shards of Sky by E.C. Colton


  • The Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson*

  • The Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley

  • He Wore Brass Buttons by Willowy Whisper

  • Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill*

  • An Uncertain Choice series by Jody Hedlund*

  • The Regency Spies of London series by Melanie Dickerson*

  • The Dericott Tales series by Melanie Dickerson*

  • A Medieval Fairytale series by Melanie Dickerson*

  • The Life of Jesus trilogy by Marjorie Holmes

  • Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson*

  • The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series by Kellyn Roth*


If you have any suggestions or recommendations for anything that fits my criteria, please drop them in the comments below! And if y'all have any friends and fellow readers looking for new reads, pass this along!

Happy reading, y'all! *waves*

Yours in spirit and script,


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Dawn Shipman
Apr 30, 2022

I'm so glad you're doing this! Is it possible to include my book onto your list? I worked at the public library for 20 years and over those years saw exactly what you're talking about. At first it was just the contemporary books but now the spec fiction and just about everything else is full of graphic sex, violence, horrible language, and a nihilistic worldview that is nothing short of depressing. Check out "Kingdom Lost," by Dawn Shipman, available through Amazon and IngramSpark. It totally meets your criteria and is getting great reviews. Thanks!

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
May 01, 2022
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Thank you! I KNOW!!! There's hardly any way to escape their evil agenda, and it's so disheartening! Ooh, I certainly will! Thank you so much, and congratulations on writing + publishing a book! :D


Issabelle P.
Mar 26, 2022

I read this post when it came out and I'm just now FINALLY getting over here to commenting. XD

BUT YESSSSSSSSSS THIS IS PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOVE THIS LIST AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING IT TOGETHER!!!!!!! I am ALWAYS on the lookout for good clean YA reads!! It's kind of my passion to bring clean works to the young adult market... like I've pretty much dedicated MY LIFE to finding and supporting clean books for teens. (I shall spare you the whole life backstory but there is one, I assure you. ;P) I've read some of these books and I've been wanting to read a lot of ones on here too AND there are some I haven't checked out…

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Mar 27, 2022
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Wow, girl, that was long! XDD Seriously, though, I feel you! I mean, I always knew Christian fiction existed, because I've been reading since I was four, and that's all my parents would let me read, so... But I never knew just how much CF is out there and all the different genres and authors and everything until I was much older (ten, actually)! And Melanie Dickerson was my first YA historical Christian romance author too!!!! (She's actually one of the main reasons why I started writing, believe it or thank you, Melanie. :D)

And YES! You are SO right! It seems like very few people are aware of all the amazing clean and Christian reads out there (hence…


corrie s.p.
Mar 23, 2022

AWESOME! Yes, sadly such bad topics are being pushed on young children. I love this list and can't wait to read them!!

Thanks everyone for putting this list together and Grace for sharing & posting it!

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Mar 23, 2022
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Thank you!!! Augh, I know! :( I hope you find some you like!!

Our pleasure, girl! :D


Kellyn Roth
Mar 20, 2022

How are my books on this list!? Eeek! :D

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Mar 20, 2022
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Because they're so good!!! ;)


Saraina Whitney
Mar 18, 2022

Ooo this is awesome!! Now to get to reading all these books I haven't yet read!! *winks*

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Mar 19, 2022
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Thank you so much! YES! ;)


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