I have to say that I have a love for all things independent – just call me the Patrick Henry of the school library world. I like my music, movies, and definitely my booksellers to let freedom ring whenever possible. That’s why I always link books featured on 100 Scope Notes to Schuler Books, a local Grand Rapids, Michigan indie bookseller. If a bookstore could wear a felt trifold hat, Schuler would do so with pride.
So what’s the haps on the stacks? See below. I present to you the Independent bestseller lists from the week ending 1/27/08

Children’s Interest

It looks like “Hugo Cabret” is enjoying the post-awards bump, while “Rodrick Rules” (100 Scope Notes review) makes its first appearance.

1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $22.99, 9780439813785
2. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $11.99, 9780375842207
3. The Sweet Far Thing
Libba Bray, Delacorte, $17.99, 9780385730303
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810994737
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810993136

Children’s Illustrated

“Gallop” continues to reign in the illustrated category, and I couldn’t approve more (100 Scope Notes review). “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Goodnight Moon” continue to prove that you can’t keep a classic down.

1. Gallop!
Rufus Butler Seder, Workman, $12.95, 9780761147633
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Zen Ties
Jon J Muth, Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439634250
4. Fancy Nancy Loves! Loves!! Loves!!!
Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $6.99, 9780061235993
5. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 9780060254926

Children’s Fiction Series

Magic Tree House makes a jump up to the top spot in the series category.

1. Magic Tree House (hardcover and paperback)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House
2. Twilight (hardcover and paperback)
Stephenie Meyer, Megan Tingley
3. His Dark Materials (hardcover and paperback)
Philip Pullman, Yearling
4. Harry Potter (hardcover and paperback)
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine
5. Alex Rider Adventures (hardcover and paperback)
Anthony Horowitz, John Blackford (Illus.), Puffin
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