The Ghostly Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #16) [NOOK Book]

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The Cam Jansen series is perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books. The first fifteen books in the series have received updated covers, and the series redesign continues with books 16-22, bringing new life to these perennial bestsellers.


Cam uses her photographic memory to catch a thief disguised...

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The Ghostly Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #16)

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Overview

The Cam Jansen series is perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books. The first fifteen books in the series have received updated covers, and the series redesign continues with books 16-22, bringing new life to these perennial bestsellers.


Cam uses her photographic memory to catch a thief disguised as a ghost.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
This book is number 16 in a series of detective stories starring Jennifer Jansen, a fifth-grader who has acquired the nickname "Cam" as a result of her photographic memory. This adventure begins as Cam, her friend Eric, and Cam's Aunt Molly are waiting in line to buy tickets for a concert. A man disguised as a ghost robs the ticket counter as police are distracted by an old man who has fallen unconscious. Cam's mind "clicks" like a camera to capture the image of the ghost, and she then tracks down the thief with Eric's help. Adler combines suspense with good, light humor to unfold this mystery.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This mystery carries on the tradition of the others in this popular series for early chapter- book readers. While in line for "Triceratops Pops" concert tickets, Cam witnesses a robbery but cannot identify the disguised thief. Of course, she uses her intelligence, along with her photographic memory, to solve the case and catch the crooks. Adler delivers another satisfying story that moves quickly enough for young or reluctant readers. Frequent pen-and-ink drawings capture the action and the characters' personalities. Sure to be in high demand wherever Cam Jansen stories are read.-Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101076040
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/17/2005
  • Series: Cam Jansen Series , #16
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 346,137
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Very good book!

    Cam Jenson is always a good fun book to read! This one was the best yet! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery

    ISBN 0439133866 ¿ Cam Jansen books came to me from a young friend who thought that, since I like The Boxcar Children, The Bobbsey Twins and others, I really ought to read them. That there¿s a kid running around telling people to read these books, all by itself, earned Cam some points in my eyes. Cam, Eric and Aunt Molly are in line to buy concert tickets when a person in a ghost costume begins scaring people in line. When the ghost frightens an old man, seeming to cause the man a heart attack, Cam is there, recording it all with her photographic memory. A good thing she is, too, because while the crowd is paying attention to the old man, the ticket booth is robbed! Can Cam solve the crime and still manage to get tickets? The random-ness of things people say, particularly adults, is amusing. When a guard calls for a doctor and several people respond by telling him what they do for a living (none of them are doctors), no kid can resist the chance to laugh at adults. Eric¿s insistence that he and Cam go to the police, rather than try to track down the criminals alone, is a good touch. Usually, kid detectives go unhindered into situations that ought to get them killed, only to solve the crime and survive to do it again. Susanna Natti¿s illustrations are nice, but nothing spectacular. I¿ll definitely be looking for more Cam! - AnnaLovesBooks, 2008

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