The Pettyfer Effect: Number Four is number one this week

Posted February 6, 2011 by 0 Comments

I seriously hope James Frey and Jobie Hughes (Pittacus Lore) at least send Alex Pettyfer a nice fruit basket for turning their successful book, I Am Number Four, into a best seller by playing Number Four in the movie adaptation. It’s No. 1 this week, obviously in anticipation of the looming movie premiere.

This Week    Children’s Chapter Books Weeks on List
1   I AM NUMBER FOUR, by Pittacus Lore. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Members of another civilization live secretly among Earth-dwellers. (Ages 14 and up) 8
2   THE LOST HERO, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $18.99.) A return to Camp Half-Blood and semi-divine characters old and new. (Ages 10 and up) 16


3   THE RED PYRAMID, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99.) Ancient gods (this time from Egypt) and a mortal family meet. (Ages 10 and up) 39


4   MOON OVER MANIFEST, by Clare Vanderpool. (Delacorte, $16.99.) In this Newbery winner, 12-year-old Abilene solves a mystery in Depression-era Kansas. (Ages 9 to 12) 3


5   WITCH AND WIZARD, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. (Little, Brown, $9.99.) One of each, a sister and brother, flex their new powers. (Ages 10 and up) 7


6   TIGER’S CURSE, by Colleen Houck. (Splinter, $17.95.) Kelsey must help an Indian prince break a curse that has turned him into a white tiger. (Ages 12 and up) 1


7   DORK DIARIES, written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell. (Aladdin, $12.99.) Reflections of a junior Samuel Pepys of the female variety. (Ages 9 to 13) 33
8   TALES FROM A NOT-SO-POPULAR PARTY GIRL, by Rachel Renée Russell. (Aladdin, $12.99.) The further reflections of Nikki Maxwell on the agonies of middle school; a “Dork Diaries” book. (Ages 9 to 13) 28
9   ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, by Beth Revis. (Razorbill, $17.99.) The spaceship Godspeed travels to a new Earth carrying 100 frozen people. (Ages 14 and up) 2
10   MATCHED, by Ally Condie. (Dutton, $17.99.) In this dystopian romance, a girl rebels against a deterministic future society. (Ages 12 and up) 9

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