The Birthday Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #20)

The Birthday Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #20)

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by David A. Adler, Susanna Natti
     
 

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Not only does Cam Jansen have a birthday mystery to solve...she has one to celebrate! The Cam Jansen series marks its twentieth year with the twentieth book featuring Cam Jansen and her photographic memory. When Cam's grandparents are robbed on their way to a surprise birthday party, Cam puts her memory to work to solve the mystery. The clue is in the story--try to

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Not only does Cam Jansen have a birthday mystery to solve...she has one to celebrate! The Cam Jansen series marks its twentieth year with the twentieth book featuring Cam Jansen and her photographic memory. When Cam's grandparents are robbed on their way to a surprise birthday party, Cam puts her memory to work to solve the mystery. The clue is in the story--try to find it before Cam does!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-The girl with the photographic memory has planned a surprise 40th birthday party for her parents (whose birth dates are close together) at their own house. They arrive home after an outing and their guests barely have a chance to greet them when Mrs. Jansen's parents call to say that they have been robbed at the airport. Cam, her friend Eric, and her parents all go to help them. Granny and Gramps explain that a taxi driver stole their suitcases and two presents. The police are called to investigate, but Cam remembers seeing a van in the parking lot filled with luggage. Why would someone going on a trip leave luggage there, she wonders? She takes her father back to their car and they wait for the driver of the van, who returns with another load of suitcases. His game is up. This is an exciting mystery book with great black-and-white illustrations. Another surefire adventure.- Wendy S. Carroll, Montclair Cooperative School, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101076026
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/17/2005
Series:
Cam Jansen Series , #20
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
798,653
Lexile:
390L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

I've always been a dreamer.


A few years ago I was at Open School Night for my middle son. His fourth grade teacher was the same one my eldest son had seven years earlier and the same teacher I had sometime in the 1950s. The teacher looked at me, smiled, and then told the roomful of parents, "A long time ago, when I just started teaching, David was in my class." She smiled again and said, "I went to the principal and asked, 'What should I do with Adler? He's always dreaming.' 'Leave him alone,' the principal answered. 'Maybe one day he'll be a writer.'"



That's her story, not mine. But I know I did dream through much of my early school years and I did become a writer.



Dreamers become writers and for me, being a published writer is a dream come true.



I write both fiction and non-fiction.



I begin my fiction with the main character. The story comes later. Of course, since I'll be spending a lot of time with each main character, why not have him or her be someone I like? Andy Russell is based, loosely, on a beloved member of my family. He's fun to write about and the boy who inspired the character is even more fun to know. Cam Jansen is based even more loosely on a classmate of mine in the first grade whom we all envied because we thought he had a photographic memory. Now, especially when my children remind me of some promise they said I made, I really envy Cam's amazing memory. I have really enjoyed writing about Cam Jansen and her many adventures.


For my books of non-fiction I write about subjects I find fascinating. My first biography was Our Golda: The Life of Golda Meir. To research that book, I bought a 1905 set of encyclopedia. Those books told me what each of the places Golda Meir lived in were like when she lived there.



I've written many other biographies, including books about Martin Luther King, Jr; George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Helen Keller; Harriet Tubman; Anne Frank; and many others in my Picture Book Biography series.



I've been a Yankee and a Lou Gehrig fan for decades so I wrote Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. It's more the story of his great courage than his baseball playing. Children face all sorts of challenges and it's my hope that some will be inspired by the courage of Lou Gehrig. I am working now on another book about a courageous man, Janusz Korczak.



My book One Yellow Daffodil is fiction, too, but it's based on scores of interviews I did with Holocaust survivors for my books We Remember the Holocaust, Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, and Hiding from the Nazis. The stories I heard were compelling. One Yellow Daffodil is both a look to the past and to the future, and expresses my belief in the great spirit and strength of our children.



I love math and was a math teacher for many years, so it was fun for me to write several math books including Fraction Fun, Calculator Riddles, and Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons.



In my office I have this sign, "Don't Think. Just Write!" and that's how I work. I try not to worry about each word, even each sentence or paragraph. For me stories evolve. Writing is a process. I rewrite each sentence, each manuscript, many times. And I work with my editors. I look forward to their suggestions, their help in the almost endless rewrite process.



Well, it's time to get back to dreaming, and to writing, my dream of a job.



David A. Adler is the author of more than 175 children’s books, including the Young
Cam Jansen
series. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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Birthday Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #20) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves all the Cam Jansen books. Great for 2nd or 3rd grade I think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will rate this book 5 stars because this book is very exciting. It is good, and I will tell you about this book. When I was reading this book, it was getting very boring when they were talking about what they were going to do. So I kept reading, and it started to get very exciting. Then they were having a party for Cam's parents when a phone call came. Cam's father answered. It was Cam grandparents, and they said that they got robbed. So their parents hurried to the car and Cam and Eric hid in the back of the car. Read the book so you can find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE CAM JANSEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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People say great for 3 2 hraders but i think for 5 th and down
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