Monday, April 27, 2009

Sloppy Firsts and series

Where do you all shelve the 4th book of McCafferty's series? I have it in the adult section while the first 3 (Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds) are in YA. I did this when I first started here after looking to see where other librarians had shelved them.

I wonder, though, about series like these. I know the main character gets older and therefore gets into more mature stuff in the 4th books. The same could be said for the last Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books... and Breaking Dawn as well. These kids grow up! So, do we expect readers to follow the characters out of the YA section and into the adult stacks?

I know the same debate started happening with Harry Potter and the 7th book.

But isn't the whole idea that kids grow up and get into more mature situations? I mean, not all characters can be like Nancy Drew and remain the same age forever, right?


Alissa said...

I have all her books in the YA area, in part because I hate spliting a series. If I move one book to adult, I'll move them all.

I think that the kids will find them wherever you put them- so really it depends on your community and how mature you can be in your teen area.

Anonymous said...

Weird. I just checked our holdings and 1-3 are in YA, but 1,4 and 5 are in adult. Think I'll mention this to the gall in YA. ~Theresa