BN.com Gift Guide

Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America [NOOK Book]

Overview

Girls series books have been popular since the early 1840s, when books about Cousin Lucy, a young girl who learns about the world around her, first appeared. Since then, scores of series books have followed, several of them highly successful, and featuring some of the most enduring characters in fiction, such as Nancy Drew. In recent decades, series books like The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High have become staples for young readers everywhere. In Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in ...
See more details below
Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$25.99
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$44.99 List Price

Overview

Girls series books have been popular since the early 1840s, when books about Cousin Lucy, a young girl who learns about the world around her, first appeared. Since then, scores of series books have followed, several of them highly successful, and featuring some of the most enduring characters in fiction, such as Nancy Drew. In recent decades, series books like The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High have become staples for young readers everywhere. In Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America, Carolyn Carpan provides a social history of girls' series fiction published in America from the mid-19th century through the early 21st century. Carpan examines popular series, subgenres, themes, and characters found in approximately 100 series, noting how teenage girls are portrayed in girls' series fiction and how girls' series reflect or subvert the culture of the era in which they are produced. Her study also focuses on the creation, writing, and production of such books. This is the first study of American girls' series books to examine the entire genre from its beginnings in the 1840s to the present day, revealing facts about a sub-genre of children's and young adult literature that has rarely been studied. Appendixes in this volume include a listing of the girls' series covered in the book as well as important books about girls' series fiction.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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. In 1867, Elsie Dinsmore was published. In this long-running, moralistic series, Elsie, who lost her mother and was abandoned by her father, defied all odds and grew into a religious and upright citizen. Series really took off in the early 1900s when Edward Stratemeyer hit upon the idea of books written by ghostwriters, which allowed him to churn out story upon story to the delight of his readership. It was under his stewardship that Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and the Hardy Boys appeared. In many ways, these series did not change much over the years in terms of offering girls specific ideals and mores of society in any given era. It wasn't until they had to contend with realistic YA fiction in the 1960s that girls opting for careers over family began to appear. 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.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810863958
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/4/2008
  • Series: Studies in Young Adult Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 184
  • File size: 433 KB

Meet the Author

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).
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction

Ch. 1 Victorian and Vassar Girls: Nineteenth-Century Origins of Girls' Series Fiction 1

Ch. 2 Schoolgirls and Sorority Sisters: Progressive Era High School and College Series 12

Ch. 3 Adventure Girls and the New Woman: From the Progressive Era to the Jazz Generation 33

Ch. 4 The Secret of Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths 49

Ch. 5 Career Girls and World War II 66

Ch. 6 Romances and Revisions: The Junior Novel and the New Nancy Drew 84

Ch. 7 Romance Meets Reality: Girls' Series Fiction and the Second Wave of Feminism 101

Ch. 8 Sweet Dreams for Teen Queens: Romance Renaissance in the Reagan Era 114

Ch. 9 High School Honors! Genre Fiction for Teens 129

App. A Alphabetical List of Series 151

App. B Important Books about Girls Series Fiction 155

Index 157

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)