Carolyn Carpan is director of Public Services in the Burke Library at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She is the author of Rocked by Romance: A Guide to Teen Romance Fiction (2004) and Jane Yolen (2005).
An interesting, detailed, easy-to-read look at the birth, development, and current state of series books for girls...As a first chronological genre study of girls-series books, Carpan's study complements other books on the subject. Recommended. CHOICE Many of us know Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, but this compendium provides the broader background of what came before them and what we see now as series books for girls...This well-written and thoroughly researched volume follows the changes that Nancy Drew underwent. This intriguing history is for anyone interested in how we went from innocent Elsie Dinsmore to 'Sweet Valley High' and 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.' University libraries will be particularly interested in this title. School Library Journal Carpan chronicles the history of this genre in a highly readable narrative. It is also a unique reference source. Students of history, literature, and gender studies will find it informative and enlightening. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) This makes an excellent reference for any library strong in young adult fiction or women's studies. Midwest Book Review Tracing the history of series books for girls from 1840 to the present, this book... may find a small audience with those researching literary or publishing history and would appeal more to library professionals than to teen readers. VOYA