Endangered Series #7: Cam Jansen
Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything.
An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it stay, or should it go? Or think of it this way – if you were starting a library today, would this series make the cut? Let’s discuss.
Cam Jansen by David Adler, illustrated by Susanna Natti
First appearing in 1980, Cam Jansen has become a staple mystery series for young readers. Spin-off early reader series Young Cam Jansen began in 1996.
The Case for Keeping: Sturdy and straightforward mystery tales, these are reliable reads for those just getting into the genre.
The Case for Not: There are plenty of mystery series out there.
Refresh?: As the series has gone on, updates to covers and a new illustrator have helped keep the series fresh.
My Verdict: Hanging on, but not for long.
How are you handing this series in your library?
Endangered Series #1: The Boxcar Children
Endangered Series #2: The Hardy Boys
Endangered Series #3: American Girl
Endangered Series #4: The Baby Sitter’s Club
Endangered Series #5: The Bailey School Kids
Endangered Series #6: Cam Jansen
Filed under: Endangered Series
About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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