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
(2005)
 
Satisfying fantasy crime drama for tweens.
By Tamora Pierce
(2007)
 
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
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Honest story about first crushes -- tweens and up.
By Wendelin Van Draanen
(2006)
 
Grim, gripping end to the biggest saga in history.
By J. K. Rowling
(2007)
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Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.
By Kevin Henkes
(2003)
 
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
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Angsty novel tackles mature themes in thoughtful way.
By Sarah Dessen
(2008)
 
Overlong but engrossing popular vampire romance.
By Stephenie Meyer
(2007)
 
Shocking sci-fi gives teens plenty to get wound up about.
By Neal Shusterman
(2007)