Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009): Top 10 for Preteens and Young Teens

These are the kids' books that have captured the imaginations of eager young 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. These top picks include books for boys and books for girls, coming-of-age-and-full-of-angst books, and first-crush books -- plus books about kids with magical powers, superb archery skills, evil-genius intentions, crime-fighting prowess, and (of course!) Harry Potter.

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Artemis Fowl Book 4: The Opal Deception Book Poster Image
Fun kid genius series shows hero's nicer side.
By Eoin Colfer
(2005)
(2005)
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Terrier: Beka Cooper, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Satisfying fantasy crime drama for tweens.
By Tamora Pierce
(2007)
(2006)
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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Poster Image
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
(2007)
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Flipped Book Poster Image
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
(2006)
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Poster Image
Grim, gripping end to the biggest saga in history.
By J. K. Rowling
(2007)
(2007)
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Olive's Ocean Book Poster Image
Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.
By Kevin Henkes
(2003)
(2003)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
(2008)
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Lock and Key Book Poster Image
Angsty novel tackles mature themes in thoughtful way.
By Sarah Dessen
(2008)
(2008)
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Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Overlong but engrossing popular vampire romance.
By Stephenie Meyer
(2007)
(2005)
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Unwind: Unwind Dystology, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Shocking sci-fi gives teens plenty to get wound up about.
By Neal Shusterman
(2007)
(2007)
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