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Indie Spotlight: Best Books for Middle-Graders? Ask Your Independent Bookseller - From the Mixed-Up Files...
On recent New York Times Best Seller Lists, a time-travel adventure novel by celebrity talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh ranks #1 in the Middle-Grade category, edging out a widely acclaimed favorite of the children’s lit world, Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. How, you wonder? Less than two months after its publication, this title, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, shows over 1600 reader reviews on Amazon, and over 1400 of those are five star reviews. This never happens. How the NYT list is compiled is a fascinating and complex subject. It is not simply a list of the books that have sold the most copies in the preceding week. Suffice it to say that most books on the list are there because of genuine popular demand for them but others not so much. Children’s books are currently a hot market in publishing, and it looks as though certain marketing practices that have long compromised the adult