Sunday, September 20, 2009

New York Times: Best sellers for kids & young adults

Here are the best-selling chapter books and paperbacks for the week ending September 19, from the New York Times. Immortals, psychics, and time machines are hot topics, but so is the surprising and somber Thirteen Reasons Why. Locate copies of these titles using the World Catalog / links on BookBag.

Chapter books

1.Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic) The protagonist of "The Hunger Games" returns. (Ages 12 and up)

2. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic) In a dystopian future, a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12 and up)

3. The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo and Yoko Tanaka. (Candlewick) An orphan in search of his sister follows a fortuneteller’s mysterious instructions. (Ages 7 and up)

4. Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) A novel in verse about five teenagers who become prostitutes. (Ages 14 and up)

5. Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic) Love among the lupine. (Ages 12 and up)

6. L.A. Candy, by Lauren Conrad. (HarperCollins) Excitement in TV land by someone who has been there. (Ages 14 and up)

7. Sent, by Margaret Peterson Haddix. (Simon & Schuster) Kids travel to the 15th century, when they were members of the British royal family. (Ages 8 to 12)

8. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Dave McKean. (HarperCollins) To avoid a killer a boy takes up residence in a cemetery. (Ages 10 and up)

9. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. (Razorbill) Before committing suicide a girl sends explanatory audiotapes to 13 people. (Ages 14 and up)

10. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen. (Viking) A summer on two wheels for a girl ready to learn more about herself and her loved ones. (Ages 14 and up)


1. Dark Visions, by L. J. Smith. (Simon & Schuster) A school for psychic teens (not to mention vampires). (Ages 14 and up)

2. Alphas, by Lisi Harrison. (Poppy/Little, Brown) Competition among girls at an exclusive boarding school. (Ages 12 and up)

3. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf) A girl saves books from Nazi burning.(Ages 14 and up)

4. Blue Moon, by Alyson Noël. (St. Martin’s Griffin) An immortal finds time’s secret. (Ages 12 and up)

5. Evermore, by Alyson Noël. (St. Martin’s Griffin) Immortals in school. (Ages 12 and up)

6. Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Puffin) A former climber builds schools in Pakistani and Afghan villages. (Ages 9 to 12)

7. Thirst No. 1, by Christopher Pike. (Simon Pulse) A reissue of the three novels The Last Vampire (1994), Black Blood (1994), and Red Dice (1995). (Ages 14 and up)

8. 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)

9. Nick of Time, by Ted Bell. (Square Fish) A time machine, plus pirates and Nazis. (Ages 9 to 12)

10. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. (Graphia) A fantasy novel about a girl endowed with special talents who also is valued for her attributes as a warrior. (Ages 14 and up)

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