Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending July 8, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books.

Local author Ridley Pearson has two bestsellers this week. His latest thriller, The Risk Agent, out last month, made its debut on the adult list at number one. And Peter and the Starcatchers, co-written with Dave Barry, originally published in 2004 and now the basis of a Broadway musical, is number five on the kid's list.

Also back on the kids' list are local writers Heather Brewer, with Soulbound, the first book in her Legacy of Tril series, and Amy E. Sklansky, who wrote the picture book Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space.

And while it has no local connection at all, we're happy to see Harold and the Purple Crayon on the kids' list, even though it was instrumental in our learning the difference between fact and fiction. (And by that, we mean that we were deeply, crushingly disappointed to learn that the only things we could make with our crayons were two-dimensional pictures. On paper.)

Adult Bestsellers:

1. The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson 2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 5. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 6. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James 7. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James 8. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon 9. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka 10. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Children's/YA Bestsellers:

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth 2. Where's Waldo? In Hollywood by Martin Handford 3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 4. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri 5. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 6. Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space by Amy E. Sklansky and Stacey Schuett 7. The Legacy of Tril: Soulbound by Heather Brewer 8. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm 9. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson 10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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