This week’s best-selling books

Looks like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls finally broke onto The New York Times best sellers list, debuting at No. 8, and in its fifth week is Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, which is getting rave reviews. I was curious about the hype so I’m in the middle of reading it right now. We’ll post our review later this week so be sure to look for it.

I’m also hoping that we’ll be able to bump off the holiday books, too, this week and get back to normal. (Not knocking the holidays, I just don’t think many Novel Novice readers are picking up Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter!)

CHAPTER BOOKS
This Week   Weeks on List
1 THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) In a dystopian future, a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12 and up) 82
2 CATCHING FIRE, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) The protagonist of “The Hunger Games” returns. (Ages 12 and up) 31
3 PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (THE ULTIMATE GUIDE), by Mary-Jane Knight. Designed by Philip Chidlow. (Disney-Hyperion, $12.99.) Gods, beasts and tips for children with an immortal parent, based on Rick Riordan’s series. (Ages 10 and up) 11
4 FALLEN, by Lauren Kate. (Delacorte, $17.99.) Thwarted love among misfits at a boarding school in Savannah, Ga. (Ages 12 and up) 17
5 BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. (Harper/HarperCollins, $12.99.) Where Nate goes, at home or at school, trouble is never far behind. (Ages 8 to 12) 1
6 SWEET LITTLE LIES, by Lauren Conrad. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) The heroines of “L.A. Candy” in a new Hollywood story. (Ages 14 and up) 9
7 BEFORE I FALL, by Lauren Oliver. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) Last kisses, death and second chances await a teenager one fateful Friday. (Ages 14 and up) 5
8 HUSH, HUSH, by Becca Fitzpatrick. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) Love among the immortals. (Ages 14 and up) 13
9 WITCH AND WIZARD, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) One of each, sister and brother, flex their newfound powers. (Ages 12 and up) 14
10 SHIVER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99.) Love among the lupine. (Ages 12 and up) 32
 
PAPERBACK BOOKS
This Week   Weeks on List
1 FANCY NANCY’S ELEGANT EASTER, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (HarperFestival, $6.99.) Bunnies, flowers, eggs and a soupçon of French. (Ages 4 to 8) 4
2 L.A. CANDY, by Lauren Conrad. (HarperCollins, $9.99.) Excitement in TV land. (Ages 14 and up) 13
3 THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl saves books from Nazi burning. Excerpt (Ages 14 and up) 134
4 THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. (Little, Brown, $8.99.) A young boy leaves his reservation for an all-white school. (Ages 12 and up) 51
5 SAVVY, by Ingrid Law. (Puffin, $7.99.) Mibs is about to turn 13, the age at which supernatural talents are conferred on members of her family. (Ages 9 to 12) 2
6 THREE CUPS OF TEA: YOUNG READERS EDITION, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Puffin, $8.99.) A former climber builds schools in Pakistani and Afghan villages. (Ages 9 to 12) 62
7 LOCK AND KEY, by Sarah Dessen. (Speak, $8.99.) A crack appears in a girl’s cynicism. (Ages 12 and up) 22
8 WINTERGIRLS, by Laurie Halse Anderson. (Speak, $9.99.) A life-and-death story of anorexia. (Ages 12 and up) 1
9 GRACELING, by Kristin Cashore. (Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99.) A girl endowed with special talents is also celebrated as a warrior. (Ages 14 and up) 24
10 THIRST NO. 2: PHANTOM, EVIL THIRST, CREATURES OF FOREVER, by Christopher Pike. (Simon Pulse, $9.99.) A girl struggles with her dreamed-of transition from undead to mortal. (Ages 14 and up) 12
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