Clean Reads for Teens

Librarians in New Hampshire and the State Library have compiled a list of books without sex or violence; you can open it here (August 2013):

Clean Teen Reads

Looking for some good reading?

4th, 5th and 6th graders!! Try the Great Stone Face Nominees for 2017-2018

The library has all of these books

 The Best Man by Richard Peck (Realistic Fiction)

Archer tells the tale of his life so far—beginning with an embarrassing wedding appearance at age six, and ending with his acting as best man at his uncle’s wedding as a sixth-grader. Gr. 5 and up

The Bicycle Spy
by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Historical)

Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bicycle, but it is 1942 and German soldiers are everywhere, stopping him as he delivers bread from his parents’ bakery in a French village. One day he suddenly finds himself in possession of dangerous secrets about his parents and his new friend from Paris, whose family might be Jewish. Gr. 4 and up

The Bolds by Julian Clary (Humor/Fantasy)

The Bold family seems fairly normal: they live in a nice house, the parents have good jobs, and they all love to have fun. One slight difference: they’re hyenas. That’s right they’re covered in fur, have tails tucked into their clothes, and really, really like to laugh. Gr. 4 and up

The Courage Test by James Preller (Adventure)

Will’s father is dragging him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of explorers Lewis and Clark-whether he likes it or not. Although he starts out determined not to enjoy the journey, Will encounters fascinating strangers and new thrills, including mountain cliffs, whitewater rapids, and a heart-hammering bear encounter. Gr. 5 and up

The Curse of the Boggin: The Library by D.J. MacHale (Fantasy)

When supernatural things start following Marcus O’Mara around, he discovers a key that leads to The Library, a place where all the stories of the living and dead are kept. Marcus thinks he’s going nuts, and then the terror gets real. He and his friends will have to complete the story— any way they possibly can. Gr. 5 and up

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (Realistic Fiction)

From basketball dreams and family fiascoes to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us. Gr. 6

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (Realistic Fiction)

Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey has no interest in, or talent for sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey must decide—will he choose to reach out to his father on his own terms? Gr. 5 and up

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Realistic Fiction/Sports)

“Ghost” is a naturally talented runner but he’s had no formal training and, up until now, he’s been running for all the wrong reasons—getting into trouble and worrying his single mom. Then he is recruited for an elite middle school track team by a coach who is determined to keep him from blowing his shot at life—can Ghost become a winner? Gr. 5 and up

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Realistic Fiction/Graphic)

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis–and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one. Gr. 4 and up

If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid (Fantasy)

Darling Dimple, a young orphan, discovers a closet full of magical dresses, each of which gives her the appearance of another person in the castle and that, along with her own magical abilities, helps her protect Princess Mariposa from betrayal as the castle swarms with suitors. Gr. 5 and up

Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter by Beth Fantaskey (Mystery/Historical)

In the 1920s, a ten-year-old newsgirl who aspires to be a reporter at the ChicagoTribune investigates the murder of a gangster. Gr. 5 and up

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
by Laura Shovan (Realistic Fiction)

The graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary joins together to try to save their school from being torn down to make way for a supermarket. Gr. 4 and up

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson (Realistic Fiction)

Three boys are dismayed when their teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the year, a situation that compels them to cut class and journey across town together to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Gr. 5 and up

Mutt’s Promise by Julie Salamon (Adventure/Dog)

Luna and her litter-mates have only known a happy life, being cared for by their mother and Gilberto, the son of farm workers. But when Gilberto has to move, she and her brother are sold to a puppy mill–until they take matters into their own paws and find a way to escape. But can Luna and Chief find their way home? Gr. 5 and up

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan (Realistic Fiction)

Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common, but soon enough they have a common enemy, the biggest bully in their class, and a common mission, to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week. Gr. 5 and up

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart (Adventure)

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys–a fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. On his first day however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. Gr. 6

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones by Wendelin Van Draanen (Realistic Fiction)

New to town, and too young to be legally left alone, 11 -yr-old Lincoln must spend his after-school hours at his mother’s place of work—a nursing home for the elderly. Worried about fitting in, what will happen if classmates find out where he goes after school, and the school bus bully, Lincoln keeps to himself–until a nosy classmate decides to make it her mission to find out about his secret life. Gr. 5 and up



7 & 8th graders!!

The Isinglass Teen Read Award was begun in 2001 by the Barrington Public Library and the Barrington Middle School in order to promote teen reading, the participation of teens in the creation of their own reading list, and to honor those authors whose works speak to youth. The award is now open to all New Hampshire students in grades 7-8.  Voting is done annually in April.

 The 2017 Isinglass Teen Read winner was:


The Nominees for 2017-18 are:


You can download the list here: isinglass 2018 brochure final(1)


The Flume Award (grades 9-12)

What Is It?

The Flume: NH Teen Reader’s Choice Award was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teen’s request to have a book award geared towards high school students. This award is a state-wide venture led by a collaborative effort from school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles, published within the last two years, they think deserve to be recognized. Librarians narrow the group of titles to a shorter list. Teens then vote for the winning title from that list.

What’s The Nomination Criteria?

Titles must be nominated by teens in grades 9-12, can be fiction or nonfiction books, with appeal to this age group. They must have a publication date within the last two years. If the book is part of a series, it must be able to stand alone, meaning a reader doesn’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on.

The 2017  Flume Award winner was:


The 2017 Nominees are:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kelly

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

You can download the brochure here: