Endangered Series: The Secrets of Droon
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.
The Secrets of Droon (series) by Tony Abbott, illustrated by Leonard Shortall
This Scholastic fantasy series ran from 1999 to 2010, spanning 36 books and an additional 8 special editions.
The Case for Keeping: Quick, name three fantasy chapter book series. Aside from the big one (Magic Tree House) are you having some trouble? Yes it seems this type of series is a little more rare than you might think.
The Case for Not: They’ve been sitting on the shelf for a while now and there aren’t a lot of takers. While fantasy chapter book series are fairly rare, there are some new ones popping up, like Dragon Masters and Magic on the Map.
Refresh? This series is recent enough that there haven’t been any cover updates.
My Verdict: We haven’t quite weeded them yet, but I’m monitoring the situation and they might get the axe by the end of the year.
How are you handing this series in your library?
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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