Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More MG Bestsellers of 2012

Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, librarians, teachers, other children's book buyers and enlightened consumers—here's another blog on bestselling MG books for you!

This week I continue the blog of two weeks ago that listed twenty-one children's bestsellers of 2012. I have gleaned books suitable for middle-grade readers (ages around 9 through 13) from the Publishers Weekly Children’s page, which lists recently published and less recently published (frontlist and backlist) bestsellers for all ages.

The following titles conclude the list of most recently published, hardcover, middle-grade bestsellers of 2012. They are listed in order of copies sold, starting with the highest number sold.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
The Demigod Diaries (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
The Accused (Theodore Boone #3) by John Grisham
Big Nate Fun Blaster by Lincoln Peirce
A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1) by James Dashner

The Enchantress (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans
Son by Lois Lowry
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda) by Tom Angleberger
Shatterproof (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #4) by Roland Smith
The Dead of Night (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #3) by Peter Lerangis
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide by Rick Riordan
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
Monster High: Ghoulfriends Forever by Gitty Daneshvari
The Empty City (Survivors #1) by Erin Hunter
Safari: A Photicular Book by Carol Kaufman
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Divide and Conquer (Infinity Ring #2) by Carrie Ryan
Trust No One (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #2) by Linda Sue Park
The Last Hope (Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6) by Erin Hunter
Which books do you like best on this list and why? Are there any books on this list that you don't think should be bestsellers? Do you have a list of books you think should be bestsellers and aren't? What makes a bestseller in your opinion? Let's have your opinions.


  1. Thanks for this great list. We are off to the library. Happy summer!

  2. Rebecca Stead, one of my favorites.