Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009): Top 10 for Kids 6-10

These are the kids' books that have captured the imaginations of independent readers for the last 10 years. Handpicked by our editors, this list encompasses both the best of the best and the books that did the best job getting kids to read. They cover books for boys, books for girls, school stories, reluctant hero tales, slacker antihero laughs, deliciously dark humor, moments of extreme kid resourcefulness and great childhood sadness, and -- of course -- Harry Potter.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Book Poster Image
Heartless toy finds love in a cruel world.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2006)
(2006)
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
(2007)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
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The End: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13 Book Poster Image
The misery ends at last -- or does it?
By Lemony Snicket
(2006)
(2006)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
(2008)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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The School Story Book Poster Image
Enchanting tale will leave readers grinning.
By Andrew Clements
(2003)
(2001)
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The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts Book Poster Image
Funny, fascinating, and exquisite historical tale.
By Richard Peck
(2004)
(2004)
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Poster Image
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(2000)
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Stargirl Book Poster Image
A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
(2003)
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