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Los Angeles Times Children's Bestsellers April 8, 2001

April 08, 2001

1 FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM by Newt Scamander (Scholastic: $3.99 paper) J.K. Rowling presents magical beasts from the "Harry Potter" realm. (Ages 9 to 12)

2 QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES by Kennilworthy Whisp (Scholastic: $3.99 paper) J.K. Rowling presents a comprehensive guide to Harry Potter's favorite sport. (Ages 9 to 12)

3 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine: $5.99 paper) Unhappy at home, a young boy discovers that he is a magician with great powers. (Ages 9 to 12)

4 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic: $6.99 paper) Harry risks his life to solve a mystery at Hogwarts School. (Ages 9 to 12)

5 THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank (Bantam: $4.99) The classic story of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam by a gifted Jewish teenager. (Ages 8 and up)

6 TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE by Gail Carson Levine (HarperCollins: $15.95) In a land of fairies and dragons, two sisters make a dangerous journey. (Ages 9 to 12)

7 THE BAD BEGINNING by Lemony Snicket (HarperTrophy: $8.95) After losing their parents in a fire, the Baudelaire children live with a villainous relative. (Ages 9 to 12)

8 GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown (HarperCollins: $15.95) A young rabbit prepares for bedtime by saying goodnight to everything in his room. (Ages infant to 4)

9 OLIVIA by Ian Falconer (Atheneum: $16) The marvelous and mischievous black, white and red adventures of a girl pig. (Ages 3 to 7)

10 BULLY TROUBLE by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Marylin Hafner (Random House: $3.99 paper) Two boys turn the tables on a neighborhood bully. (Ages 4 to 8)Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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