Books That Don't Make You Blush

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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