Newbies holding strong on best sellers lists

While there aren’t any new entrants to the top 10 on this week’s lists, a number of relative newbies (less than a month on the lists) are still holding strong.

Rules of Attraction (the sequel to Perfect Chemistry) by Simone Elkeles — only in its second week — is at No. 3 and The Time Pirate by Ted Bell (for the younger crowd) is at No. 6.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is No. 2 in paperbacks (I’m very curious about this one — premise sounds similar to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver) while Lisi Harrison’s Movers and Fakers is right behind it at No. 3.

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) 85
2 CATCHING FIRE, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) The protagonist of “The Hunger Games” returns. (Ages 12 and up) 34
3 RULES OF ATTRACTION, by Simone Elkeles. (Walker, $16.99.) A teenager with gang ties seeks safety at the home of a professor and develops strong feelings for the man’s daughter. (Ages 14 and up) 2
4 THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, by Jay Asher. (Razorbill/Penguin, $16.99.) Before she commits suicide a girl sends explanatory recordings to 13 people. (Ages 14 and up) 60
5 BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. (Harper/HarperCollins, $12.99.) Where Nate goes, trouble is never far behind. (Ages 8 to 12) 4
6 THE TIME PIRATE, by Ted Bell. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $17.99.) The time traveler Nick McIver fights Nazis and helps George Washington. (Ages 9 to 12) 2
7 FALLEN, by Lauren Kate. (Delacorte, $17.99.) Thwarted love at boarding school. (Ages 12 and up) 20
8 WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, by John Green and David Levithan. (Dutton/Penguin, $17.99.) Two boys with the same name join forces in a reality possible only in musical theater. (Ages 14 and up) 3
9 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) 8
10 WHEN YOU REACH ME, by Rebecca Stead. (Wendy Lamb, $15.99.) A sixth-grade girl in New York City begins receiving mysterious notes. (Ages 9 to 12) 16
This Week   Weeks on List
1 THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl saves books from Nazi burning. Excerpt (Ages 14 and up) 137
2 IF I STAY, by Gayle Forman. (Speak/Penguin, $8.99.) A young cellist falls into a coma after she suffers an accident. (Ages 12 and up) 3
3 MOVERS AND FAKERS, by Lisi Harrison. (Poppy/Little, Brown, $9.99.) A boarding school with a “no losers” policy. (Ages 12 and up) 3
4 L.A. CANDY, by Lauren Conrad. (HarperCollins, $9.99.) Excitement in TV land. (Ages 14 and up) 16
5 LETTERS TO GOD, by Patrick Doughtie and John Perry. (Zondervan, $14.99.) A movie tie-in about a boy with terminal cancer. (Ages 14 and up) 3
6 THREE CUPS OF TEA: YOUNG READERS EDITION, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Puffin/Penguin, $8.99.) A former climber builds schools in Pakistani and Afghan villages. (Ages 9 to 12) 65
7 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) 54
8 LOCK AND KEY, by Sarah Dessen. (Speak/Penguin, $8.99.) A crack appears in a girl’s mask of cynicism. (Ages 12 and up) 24
9 SAVVY, by Ingrid Law. (Puffin/Penguin, $7.99.) Mibs is about to turn 13, the age at which supernatural abilities are conferred on members of her family. (Ages 9 to 12) 5
10 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) 25

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  1. Oh, I just bought “If I Stay” … I’ll let you know how it is. I’ve heard incredible things about it. I also can’t wait to read “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” but I’ve got a stack of ARCs to get through first.

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