Dime Novels and Series Books

Authored by: Catherine Sheldrick Ross

Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415965057
eBook ISBN: 9780203843543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136913570

10.4324/9780203843543.ch14

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Abstract

Fittingly, Catherine Ross’s chapter on the history of dime novels and series books follows Deborah Stevenson’s chapter on the history of children’s and young adult literature, as the relationship between series books and children’s literature is symbiotic. Despite the concerns of educators, librarians, and parents voice over children’s active and abiding interest in what adults consider junk food for the mind, series books commonly provide the newly literate with compelling stories and fast-paced reading experience that enable them to become fluent readers. Although often dismissed as the products of “fiction factories,” series books are in fact created by writers who fashion stories in the manner of professional journalists. As a young reader, Point of Departure author Candice Ransom was inspired by Trixie Belden mysteries to write the adventure stories she loved to read. She is still writing them; her 100+ titles include more than a dozen in the perennially popular Boxcar Children series.

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