Endangered Series #14: Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar
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.
Marvin Redpost (Series) by Louis Sachar
This eight-book series began in 1992, with books coming out until the end of that decade.
The Case for Keeping: Through Newbery winner Holes and the Wayside School series (which will be growing in 2020), Sachar has proven to be a wonderful author. And when some students find an author they love, they want to read everything we have by them. Hanging on to this series will give Sachar fans more options.
The Case for Not: There’s no shortage of boy-centric chapter book fare out there, and maybe the shelf space would be better used with something more current.
Refresh? The entire series was re-released in 2007 with updated covers and illustrations:
My Verdict: We’re weeding them. It’s a brutal world out there, I know, but they haven’t been circulating enough to keep. Holes and Wayside School series is not going anywhere, though.
What are you doing with this series at your library?
Filed under: Endangered Series
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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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