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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.