I wonder if you, like me, are a series, or serious if you like, book collector? I had to laugh when I was sent the following link to Lifecycle of the Juvenile Series Book Collector. While I don’t quite make the Fanatic Collector level, I do see some traits of the Aficionado level.
So what series do I collect? Most would have to be Trixie Belden. I loved Trixie from the very first time I spotted, and bought a copy from a school fete, for a very small amount. It was Trixie Belden and Mystery in Arizona. Since then I went on to collect the whole series, and more recently have been collecting different versions of the books.
For those who don’t know Trixie, her adventures with best friends Honey and Jim, and her brothers Mart and Brian see her solving an amazing array of mysteries. By book 8 Dan has also become an integral part of the group. Great fun stories with real flawed characters. Trixie is not perfect, and she makes loads of mistakes along the way. The first 15 of these books were recently released by Random House and many of the earlier ones can still be readily found. The last 5, however, are a bit harder to find and many collectors are paying between $50 and $100 for each one.
If you’re a Trixie lover, then pop over to the Trixie Clubhouse at and have a browse at the forum there. I post as Kazzie. There has recently been a great Trixie resource site updated by Carmen, and well worth looking at. Head over to Carmen’s site . If you’ve been a lover of Nancy Drew all your life, then give Trixie a go.
Another series I loved was Drina, whose books took her from a very young girl, who simply wanted to dance but whose Grandmother, and guardian, would not allow her lessons, and who in the final book, became a ballerina. The Drina series was written by Jean Estoril. Most were published in the late 1950s to the mid 1960s, but the last one was written in the early 1990s, and really ended Drina’s story. Again it is the final few books, especially the last 2, which bring the highest prices.
Lastly, I still love many of the Whitman books. There have been hundreds of Whitman books for children published over the years, and I loved them. They were fairly cheap to buy new, and could be bought through supermarkets. Donna Parker, TV tie ins, Books for Girls, were all among those published by Whitman. You can read more about the Donna Parker series here.
And there’s more on collecting the Whitman books here.