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Lemony Snicket, Mara Dyer return to best sellers list

Lots of cool stuff to report on this week’s best sellers list! First, we have a new number one: the latest from Lemony Snicket, called Who Could That Be at This Hour? And I’m thrilled that The Evolution of Mara Dyer–the sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin–debuted at number eight. Lots of good stuff, people!

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks
on List
1 “WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?”, by Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by Seth. (Little, Brown, $15.99.) Tween Lemony’s secret-society apprenticeship. (Ages 8 to 12) 1
2 THE LEGO IDEAS BOOK, by Daniel Lipkowitz. (DK, $24.99.) Projects with plastic bricks. (Ages 7 and up) 27
3 LEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA, by Claire Sipi. (DK, $18.99.) Information about minifigures, vehicles and weapons. (Ages 6 and up) 1
4 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 10
5 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a deformity enters a new school. (Ages 8 to 12) 31
6 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) 42
7 LAUREN CONRAD BEAUTY, by Lauren Conrad with Elise Loehnen. (Harper/HarperCollins, $21.99.) A guide with personal anecdotes and step-by-step lessons in makeup. (Ages 14 to 17) 2
8 THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER, by Michelle Hodkin. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) The truth about Mara’s abilities continues to emerge in this sequel to “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.” (Ages 14 and up) 1
9 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 26
10 CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $19.99.) A girl seeking to bring her parents’ killer to justice disturbs family secrets. (Ages 12 to 17) 5

Bill O’Reilly’s Lincoln still on top of best sellers list

Okay, I have nothing against Bill O’Reilly, but why on earth is his book in its eighth week in the top spot? Who is buying all these copies?!

ANYWAY, James Patterson’s latest, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, is also holding strong, and there’s one new entrant–an MG title–at no. 5. It’s called The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens.

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks
on List
1 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 8
2 CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $19.99.) A girl seeking to bring her parents’ killer to justice disturbs family secrets. (Ages 12 to 17) 3
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) 40
4 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12) 29
5 THE FIRE CHRONICLE, by John Stephens. (Knopf, $17.99.) Three siblings long to find their parents; Book 2 of the Books of Beginnings. (Ages 8 to 12) 1
6 THE DEMIGOD DIARIES, by Rick Riordan. (Hyperion/Disney, $12.99.) Lore on the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Ages 10 to 14) 9
7 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 24
8 LEGO BATMAN, by Daniel Lipkowitz. (DK, $21.99.) A visual dictionary of the superhero, his foes, their weapons and vehicles, and more. (Ages 6 to 12) 2
9 JUSTIN BIEBER: JUST GETTING STARTED, by Justin Bieber. (Harper/HarperCollins, $21.99.) The pop star tells his own story in words and pictures. (Ages 10 and up) 3
10 MICHAEL VEY: RISE OF THE ELGEN, by Richard Paul Evans. (Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, $17.99.) A quest to save Michael’s mother. (Ages 12 to 17) 7

Three heavy hitters debut on best sellers list

Finally we have some real news on the best sellers list, including a new no. 1. James Patterson’s latest (with Maxine Paetro), Confessions of a Murder Suspect, debuts in the top spot, while literary icon Terry Pratchett’s newest, Dodger, is at no. 3. What’s more, the sequel to Wildwood by Colin Meloy is out–Under Wildwood debuts at no. 8.

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $19.99.) A girl seeking to bring her parents’ killer to justice disturbs family secrets. (Ages 12 to 17) 1
2 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 6
3 DODGER, by Terry Pratchett. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) History and fantasy blend in the tale of a 17-year-old street urchin. (Ages 13 to 17) 1
4 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 22
5 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) 38
6 SECONDS AWAY, by Harlan Coben. (Putnam, $18.99.) Mickey Bolitar and his new friends find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery. (Ages 12 and up) 2
7 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a deformity enters a new school. (Ages 8 to 12) 27
8 UNDER WILDWOOD, by Colin Meloy. Illustrated by Carson Ellis. (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, $17.99.) This sequel to “Wildwood” offers a deeper look at a magical world. (Ages 9 to 12) 1
9 THE DEMIGOD DIARIES, by Rick Riordan. (Hyperion/Disney, $12.99.) Lore on the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Ages 10 to 14) 7
10 THE RAVEN BOYS, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic, $18.99.) The daughter of a town psychic lives under a dark prophecy. (Ages 13 and up) 2

Stiefvater, Bray debuts hit the best sellers list

Forgive my editorializing, but there’s something wrong when Justin Bieber’s book ranks higher than debuts from such YA powerhouses as Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys, no. 8) and Libba Bray (The Diviners, no. 10). Yes, yes, I’m happy people are reading no matter what the subject matter, but please do yourselves a favor and check out some fantastic new fiction!

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 5
2 UNSTOPPABLE, by Tim Green. (Harper/HarperCollins, $16.99.) A foster child in a cruel home dreams of playing in the N.F.L. (Ages 9 to 12) 1
3 SECONDS AWAY, by Harlan Coben. (Putnam, $18.99.) Mickey Bolitar and his new friends find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery. (Ages 12 and up) 1
4 JUSTIN BIEBER: JUST GETTING STARTED, by Justin Bieber. (Harper/HarperCollins, $21.99.) The pop star tells his own story in words and pictures. (Ages 10 and up) 2
5 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 21
6 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) 37
7 THE DEMIGOD DIARIES, by Rick Riordan. (Hyperion/Disney, $12.99.) Lore on the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Ages 10 to 14) 6
8 THE RAVEN BOYS, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic, $18.99.) The daughter of a town psychic lives under a dark prophecy. (Ages 13 and up) 1
9 TILT, by Ellen Hopkins. (Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99.) Three teenagers cling to the remnants of their secure and familiar world even as the ground shifts under their feet. (Ages 14 and up) 2
10 THE DIVINERS, by Libba Bray. (Little, Brown, $19.99.) In 1920s New York, a girl’s supernatural power only brings her trouble. (Ages 14 and up) 1

Ellen Hopkins’ latest enters top ten list

I don’t even know what to say … don’t get me wrong, I’m glad readers are eating up history, but Bill O’Reilly’s latest, Lincoln’s Last Days, is in its fourth week in the top spot. O_o In the second spot is Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started. (Really?!) Happily, in the third spot is the latest from the talented Ellen Hopkins, Tilt.

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 4
2 JUSTIN BIEBER: JUST GETTING STARTED, by Justin Bieber. (Harper/HarperCollins, $21.99.) The pop star tells his own story in words and pictures. (Ages 10 and up) 1
3 TILT, by Ellen Hopkins. (Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99.) Three teenagers cling to the remnants of their secure and familiar world even as the ground shifts under their feet. (Ages 14 and up) 1
4 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) 36
5 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 20
6 THE DEMIGOD DIARIES, by Rick Riordan. (Hyperion/Disney, $12.99.) Lore on the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Ages 10 to 14) 5
7 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12) 26
8 MICHAEL VEY: RISE OF THE ELGEN, by Richard Paul Evans. (Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, $17.99.) A quest to save Michael’s mother. (Ages 12 to 17) 5
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) 49
10 EVERY DAY, by David Levithan. (Knopf, $16.99.) A teenager who wakes up in a different body every day finds love. (Ages 14 to 18) 3

Bill O’Reilly’s account of Lincoln still in top spot

Last week brought us a number of new titles on the best sellers list, but this week we just shuffled them around. However, Bill O’Reilly remains in the top spot with his latest, Lincoln’s Last Days. Veronia Roth’s second book in her Divergent series, Insurgent, resurged up to the third spot.

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 3
2 THE DEMIGOD DIARIES, by Rick Riordan. (Hyperion/Disney, $12.99.) Lore on the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Ages 10 to 14) 4
3 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 19
4 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) 35
5 SURVIVORS: THE EMPTY CITY, by Erin Hunter. (Harper/HarperCollins, $16.99.) Lucky has always been a lone dog, but he must learn a new way when his world is turned upside down. (Ages 10 to 18) 3
6 MICHAEL VEY: RISE OF THE ELGEN, by Richard Paul Evans. (Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, $17.99.) A quest to save Michael’s mother. (Ages 12 to 17) 4
7 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12) 25
8 EVERY DAY, by David Levithan. (Knopf, $16.99.) A teenager who wakes up in a different body every day finds love. (Ages 14 to 18) 2
9 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) 18
10 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) 48

Neal Shusterman & David Levithan land on top

There are a few interesting shifts on this week’s best sellers list. First, Bill O’Reilly’s account of President Lincoln’s assassination, Lincoln’s Last Days, tops the list this week. There are also two notable debuts: Unwholly by Neal Shusterman at no. 2 and Every Day by David Levithan at no. 9. I’ll admit, I’m a little shocked that a historical account by a political commentator beat out a new Levithan novel. We’ll see if remains true for a second week.

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 2
2 UNWHOLLY, by Neal Shusterman. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) Rebels struggle in a society that rids itself of troublesome teenagers in this sequel to “Unwind.” (Ages 12 to 17) 1
3 THE DEMIGOD DIARIES, by Rick Riordan. (Hyperion/Disney, $12.99.) Lore on the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Ages 10 to 14) 3
4 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 18
5 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) 34
6 SURVIVORS: THE EMPTY CITY, by Erin Hunter. (Harper/HarperCollins, $16.99.) Lucky has always been a lone dog, but he must learn a new way when his world is turned upside down. (Ages 10 to 18) 2
7 MICHAEL VEY: RISE OF THE ELGEN, by Richard Paul Evans. (Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, $17.99.) A quest to save Michael’s mother. (Ages 12 to 17) 3
8 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a deformity enters a new school. (Ages 8 to 12) 24
9 EVERY DAY, by David Levithan. (Knopf, $16.99.) A teenager who wakes up in a different body every day finds love. (Ages 14 to 18) 1
10 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) 17

Tons of new titles on best sellers lists

Happy to report that the best sellers list is once again buzzing with new titles! Rick Riordan’s latest debuted last week–The Demigod Diaries sits in the top spot. Political commentator Bill O’Reilly has branched out into kid lit with his book, Lincoln’s Last Days. Christian writer Richard Paul Evans also has a book on the list, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen at number three. Then at number four is another first-timer, Survivors: The Empty City by Erin Hunter. In the eighth spot is Shannon Hale’s latest, Princess Academy: Palace of Stone. Phew! Quite a prolific week!

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1 THE DEMIGOD DIARIES, by Rick Riordan. (Hyperion/Disney, $12.99.) Lore on the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Ages 10 to 14) 2
2 LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15) 1
3 MICHAEL VEY: RISE OF THE ELGEN, by Richard Paul Evans. (Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, $17.99.) A quest to save Michael’s mother. (Ages 12 to 17) 2
4 SURVIVORS: THE EMPTY CITY, by Erin Hunter. (Harper/HarperCollins, $16.99.) Lucky has always been a lone dog, but he must learn a new way when his world is turned upside down. (Ages 10 to 18) 1
5 INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) In this “Divergent” follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up) 17
6 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) 33
7 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a deformity enters a new school. (Ages 8 to 12) 23
8 PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE, by Shannon Hale. (Bloomsbury, $16.99.) In this book that picks up where “Princess Academy” left off, a mountain girl moves to the city. (Ages 10 to 15) 1
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) 47
10 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) 16

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

Best seller lists stall as schools start up again

There aren’t any newcomers to this week’s best seller’s list, but Saraphina by Rachel Hartman is in its third week in the top ten. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer–a middle-grade title–it also in its third week. There aren’t any new titles on the paperback or series lists.

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) 14
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) 30
3 MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, by Ransom Riggs. (Quirk Books, $17.99.) A mysterious orphanage. (Ages 12 and up) 61
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) 3
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) 13
6 WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12) 20
7 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) 44
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) 6
9 CHOMP, by Carl Hiaasen. (Knopf, $16.99.) Life gets wilder for an animal wrangler’s son. (Ages 10 to 14) 16
10 SERAPHINA, by Rachel Hartman. (Random House, $17.99.) In a world where humans and dragons coexist, a girl fears both sides. (Ages 12 to 17) 3