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June 9, 2002

Los Angeles Times Children's Bestsellers

June 09, 2002

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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*--* 1 ARTEMIS FOWL: THE ARCTIC INCIDENT by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion: $16.95) In a world in which modern-day fairies have guns and wear motorized wings, 13-year-old Artemis joins with his rival to fight a power-hungry pixie. Ages 10 and up 2 OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO! by Dr. Seuss (Random House: $17) The good doctor reminds us all of our boundless potential. All ages 3 LEMONY SNICKET: THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY (HarperCollins: $11.99) The man behind the tales of the orphaned Baudelaire children offers a kooky glimpse of his world. 12 and up 4 HOLES by Louis Sachar (Yearling: $5.99 paper) In the Texas desert, a boy in a juvenile detention camp is forced to dig holes in search of a Wild West outlaw's hidden treasure. Ages 9-12 5 DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon (Blue Sky: $15.95) A duck spies a red bicycle and goes for a wild ride around the farmyard. Ages 4-8 6 GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK by Doreen Cronin, illustrations by Betsy Lewin (Simon & Schuster: $15.95) Farmer Brown takes a vacation, leaving his hapless brother Bob to take care of the mischievous Duck and his farmyard pals. Ages 4-8 7 THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER DIAPER BABY by Dav Pilkey (Blue Sky: $16.95) Move over, Captain Underpants, fourth- graders George and Harold create a mini comic book hero who saves the universe. Ages 8-12 8 THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins: $5.95 paper) Young teen Mia learns that her father's a prince and that, as heir to the throne, she must give up life in the Big Apple to become a princess. Young adult 9 EMERIL'S THERE'S A CHEF IN MY SOUP! by Emeril Lagasse (HarperCollins: $22.99) Chef and TV personality Lagasse coaxes kids into the kitchen with 75 recipes. Ages 9-12 10 THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares (Delacorte: $14.95) About to be parted for the summer, four friends share a pair of thrift-shop jeans with magical qualities. Ages 12 and up

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