Middle-grade titles dominate the top ten best sellers

There aren’t any newcomers this week, but Veronica Roth’s Divergent is still hanging on to the top 10, now in its 10th week. The rest of the list is mostly dominated by middle-grade titles. I wonder if that means more middle-schoolers than high-schoolers are reading this summer …

This Week Children’s Chapter Books Weeks
on List
1 MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. Illustrated by Laura Park. (Little, Brown, $15.99.) Rafe breaks every rule in the book. (Ages 8 to 12) 2
2 THE THRONE OF FIRE, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $18.99.) The Kanes seek the sun god, Ra; Book 2 of the Kane Chronicles. (Ages 10 and up) 10
3 SUPER DIAPER BABY 2, written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey. (Blue Sky/Scholastic, $9.99.) The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers. (Ages 7 to 10) 2
4 MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, by Ransom Riggs. (Quirk Books, $17.99.) An island, an abandoned orphanage and a collection of curious photographs. (Ages 12 and up) 5
5 WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, by Sarah Dessen. (Viking, $19.99.) A girl rediscovers herself after her parents’ bitter divorce. (Ages 12 and up) 9
6 THEODORE BOONE: THE ABDUCTION, by John Grisham. (Dutton, $16.99.) The “kid lawyer” uses his legal skills to find a missing friend. (Ages 8 to 12) 5
7 THE LOST HERO, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $18.99.) A return to Camp Half-Blood and semi-divine characters. (Ages 10 and up) 39
8 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) 62
9 STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA, by the DK staff. (DK, $16.99.) Profiles, movie stills and more. (Ages 7 to 17) 2
10 DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.) A girl must prove her mettle in a dystopia split into five factions. (Ages 14 and up) 10

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