Spies Like Us

Stuart Gibbs launched his middle grade Spy School series with the 2013 book of the same name, and interest has been building ever since. The seventh installment, British Invasion, debuts at #3 in children’s frontlist fiction; 20th Century Fox optioned the first book in October.

(See all of this week's bestselling books.)

High Hopes

Author-illustrator team Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri have several picture book hits, chief among them 2012’s Dragons Love Tacos, which has amassed sales of 1.1 million print units. Their latest, High Five, pubbed April 16 and debuts on our children’s picture book list at #12, with print unit sales up 315% compared with the week before. Tacos sits just below it, returning to our list with a sales boost of 59%.

Mull It Over

Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley, prior collaborators on the Major Brooke Grant books, launch a new political thriller series with Collusion, which debuts at #5 in hardcover fiction. The tagline: “What if the Russians really are colluding with Americans... on the left?”

Also this week, Skyhorse’s edition of The Mueller Report debuts at #1 in trade paperback, #4 overall, with an introduction by attorney Alan Dershowitz, author of 2018’s The Case Against Impeaching Trump. The Scribner edition of the report, introduced by two Washington Post reporters, is #6 overall in its second week on sale.

New & Notable

A Woman Is No Man
Etaf Rum
#10 Hardcover Fiction
“Rum’s pleasing debut employs two timelines to recount the story of a Palestinian family living in America,” our review said. “Though the execution is sometimes shaky, there’s enough to make it worthwhile for fans of stories about family secrets.”

Kirk Goldsberry
#14 Hardcover Nonfiction
In what the subtitle calls “a visual tour of the new era of the NBA,” Goldsberry, a pro basketball analyst at ESPN, offers infographics detailing how the introduction of the three-point line changed the game. Illustrator Aaron Dana gets the assist.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 The 18th Abduction Patterson/Paetro Little, Brown 48,092
2 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens Putnam 42,959
3 Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Jeff Kinney Amulet 41,773
4 The Mueller Report Skyhorse 39,399
5 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss Random House 38,986
6 The Mueller Report Scribner 38,328
7 The Mister E.L. James Vintage 31,738
8 Go See the Principal Gerry Brooks Da Capo Lifelong 22,284
9 Becoming Michelle Obama Crown 21,593
10 Redemption David Baldacci Grand Central 21,309

PW's weekly look at print book sales powered by Nielsen Bookscan.