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James Patterson holds the New York Times best-seller list record, with 46 titles overall. He has sold more than 170 million books worldwide and is the only author to occupy the No. 1 slot on the New York Times Adult Fiction and Children's Chapter Book best-seller lists at the same time. "Maximum Ride," Patterson's first young adult novel, spent 12 straight weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times Chapter Book best-seller list and, as a series, has now spent more than 90 weeks on New York Times best-seller lists. His latest adult novel is "Swimsuit" (2009), and "Daniel X: Watch the Skies "(2009) is his latest for young adults. His ReadKiddoRead website is "dedicated to making kids readers for life."

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