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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Fun kid genius series shows hero's nicer side.
By Eoin Colfer
Satisfying fantasy crime drama for tweens.
By Tamora Pierce
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
Grim, gripping end to the biggest saga in history.
By J. K. Rowling
Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.
By Kevin Henkes
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
Angsty novel tackles mature themes in thoughtful way.
By Sarah Dessen
Overlong but engrossing popular vampire romance.
By Stephenie Meyer
Shocking sci-fi gives teens plenty to get wound up about.
By Neal Shusterman