New middle-grade title joins top ten books

The top ten list seems a bit stagnant lately, although Rebecca Stead’s middle-grade title, Liar & Spy enters at number seven. On the paperbacks, I’m happy to see Steven Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is at number three. (Be sure to check out Novel Novice’s exclusive cast interviews!)

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) A faction war looms in this “Divergent” follow-up. (Ages 14 and up) 15
2 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) 31
3 MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, by Ransom Riggs. (Quirk Books, $17.99.) A mysterious orphanage. (Ages 12 and up) 62
4 THE LAND OF STORIES: THE WISHING SPELL, by Chris Colfer. Illustrated by Brandon Dorman. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) An old book offers a passage into the lives of fairy-tale characters. (Ages 8 to 12) 4
5 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) 14
6 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12) 21
7 LIAR & SPY, by Rebecca Stead. (Wendy Lamb Books, $15.99.) After his family moves, a seventh grader finds a friend in a budding spy. (Ages 9 to 12) 1
8 BETWEEN THE LINES, by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer. (Simon Pulse/Emily Bestler Books/Atria, $19.99.) A girl crosses the border between reality and fantasy. (Ages 12 to 17) 7
9 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) 45
10 CHOMP, by Carl Hiaasen. (Knopf, $16.99.) Life gets wilder for an animal wrangler’s son. (Ages 10 to 14) 17
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