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‘Hard Luck’, 8th book in Wimpy Kid series, was best-selling book of 2013, beating Stephen King, Dan Brown, and F. Scott Fitzgerald

That Wimpy Kid isn’t so wimpy when it comes to selling books. “Hard Luck,” the eighth book in Plainville author Jeff Kinney ’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, was, according to Publisher’s Weekly, the bestselling book in 2013. With more than 1.8 million hardcover copies sold, by Nielsen BookScan’s count, it topped every book in every category for the year and on Amazon.com it was the third most popular print title purchased. It was not a Kindle bestseller, however, probably an indication of its audience more than anything else. For Kinney (above in his work area), this is nothing new. “The Third Wheel,” the seventh book in the series, topped the same lists in 2012. His 2013 book beat another author with local ties, New Hampshire’s Dan Brown, whose “Inferno” was the second-best selling book of the year. “Doctor Sleep” by Maine’s Stephen King checked in at No. 15 and, curiously, some guy named F. Scott Fitzgerald, perhaps boosted by a new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was No. 16 with “The Great Gatsby.”

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