Endangered Series #29: The Zack Files
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 Zack Files (series) by Dan Greenburg, illustrated by Jack E. Davis
This chapter book series ran from 1996 to 2003, spanning 30 books.
The Case for Keeping: I’m going to call The Zack Files books “unrealistic realistic fiction”. Like, it’s about a realistic kid in a mostly realistic world, but the stuff that happens isn’t realistic at all (which is what makes the series fun, by the way). If you have fans of other “unrealistic realistic fiction” series like My Weird School, these could be a possible read alike.
The Case for Not: You know how they say buying a house is all about location, location, location? Series book are all about circulation, circulation, circulation. These have been shelf sitting pretty steadily at my K-3rd grade school library.
Refresh? The books still sport their original covers, so no dice in the updated looks department. But all the books are still in print and available in paperback.
My Verdict: When we being weeding our fiction section in the fall, these will likely go.
How are you handing this series in 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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