Middle-schoolers influencing top children’s books

It’s clear from this week’s best sellers lists that middle-schoolers are reading in droves, while their older counterparts are perhaps taking a break now that school is over, or almost over. James Patterson’s Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! takes the top spot away from Veronica Roth this week, while on the paperback list, the boy band One Direction steals the show with One Direction: Dare to Dream.

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE!, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. Illustrated by Laura Park. (Little, Brown, $15.99.) Seventh grade is more competitive than expected. (Ages 8 to 12) 3
2 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) A faction war looms in this “Divergent” follow-up. (Ages 14 and up) 4
3 THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green. (Dutton, $17.99.) A 16-year-old heroine faces the medical realities of cancer. (Ages 14 and up) 20
4 MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, by Ransom Riggs. (Quirk Books, $17.99.) A mysterious orphanage. (Ages 12 and up) 51
5 WONDER, by R. J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a facial deformity enters the fifth grade at a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12) 10
6 THE SON OF NEPTUNE, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $19.99.) The cast of characters expands; Book 2 of the Heroes of Olympus. (Ages 9 to 12) 34
7 NANCY CLANCY, SUPER SLEUTH, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (Harper/HarperCollins, $9.99.) Crime in the classroom? Nancy’s on the case. (Ages 7 to 10) 8
8 THE INVADERS, by John Flanagan. (Philomel, $18.99.) A sacred artifact is stolen under the Herons’ watch. Now they must get it back. Book 2 of the Brotherband Chronicles. (Ages 10 to 14) 4
9 THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, by Brian Selznick. (Scholastic, $22.99.) An orphan thief must decipher his father’s last message. (Ages 9 to 12) 113
10 CHOMP, by Carl Hiaasen. (Knopf, $16.99.) Life gets wilder for an animal wrangler’s son. (Ages 10 to 14) 8
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