‘Wimpy Kid’ flies high, hits No. 1 on USA TODAY’s list

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Here’s a look at what’s new on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list…

Kids rule: There’s nothing Wimpy about Greg Heffley when it comes to book sales. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (Amulet), the latest in Jeff Kinney’s blockbuster kids’ cartoon series about a middle-school misfit, lands at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s list.

(The full list will be published on Thursday.)

This is the 11th book in the series, which started in 2007, and the ninth to hit No. 1 on USA TODAY’s list.

In the new book, Greg finds an old video camera in the basement, and becomes convinced it’s the key to fame and fortune when he and best bud Rowley decide to make a scary movie. Of course, nothing’s ever simple for young Greg.

Meanwhile, a brand-new, “updated” Wimpy Kid balloon of hair-challenged Heffley will float through the streets of Manhattan this year during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And a fourth Wimpy Kid movie is in the works. The Long Haul is scheduled for release in May.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a global phenomenon. Publisher Amulet says more than 180 million copies of the series are in print worldwide. The first book had an initial print run of 25,000 copies.

Wrong side of ‘Wimpy’: It’s déjà vu all over again for Michael Connelly, who lands at No. 2 this week behind Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down with his new Harry Bosch thriller, The Wrong Side of Goodbye(Little, Brown). Both were released on Nov. 1.

The same scenario happened a year ago, when Connelly’s The Crossing landed at No. 2 and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School out-muscled him to debut at No. 1 on the Nov. 12, 2015 list.

Connelly has had 35 USA TODAY best sellers, but he’s never made it to No. 1. This is his fourth book to hit No. 2 (the others were The Lincoln Lawyer in 2006 and The Reversal in 2010). His lowest ranking was No. 82 in 2006 for Crime Beat, a non-fiction book about his days as a police reporter.

In The Wrong Side of Goodbye, L.A. private investigator Bosch is searching for the possible heir of a billionaire and helping the police on a rape investigation.

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