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Los Angeles Times List For June 8, 2003

June 08, 2003

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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*--* 1 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

2 The Day My Butt Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths (Scholastic, $4.99 paper) A 12-year-old boy's bottom escapes and plots a rebellion, complete with the help of the B-team. Ages 9-12

3 The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, $14.95) Four friends face another summer of romance and crises, united by a worn pair of jeans in this sequel. Ages 12 and up

4 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, $8.95) A pair of thrift-shop jeans unites four girlfriends during their summer away from each other. Ages 12 and up

5 Good Night, Sweet Butterflies by Dawn Bentley (Little Simon, $10.95) A tour of a color dreamland that teaches little children about colors even as it prepares them to sleep. Ages 4-8

6 The Trellis and the Seed by Jan Karon (Viking, $15.95) A story of patience and hope in which a kindly lady believes a small seed will grow into a beautiful vine, even if the seed doesn't believe it. All ages

7 The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles #1 by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (Simon & Schuster, $9.95) The three Grace kids uncover a magical guidebook in their aunt's old house. Ages 9-12

8 My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Millbrook, $15.95) Mouse remains a friend of the energetic Rabbit, even though Rabbit's antics always lead to trouble. Ages 4-8

9 Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray (Frog/North Atlantic, $15.95) A gassy pooch finds that his unexpected outbursts help to foil a pair of burglars in the house. Ages 5-7

10 Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants by Barbara Park (Random House, $11.95) Free-spirited Junie copies a classmate's homework, then learns about honesty when she's caught. Ages 6-9

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