The Green School Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #28)

The Green School Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #28)

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by David A. Adler, Joy Allen
     
 

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Cam Jansen's school is going green. For each can or bottle Cam and her classmates bring in to be recycled, the school earns a nickel. But when all the nickels go missing, everyone suspects they were stolen. Can Cam click! and use her photographic memory to solve this mystery?

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Cam Jansen's school is going green. For each can or bottle Cam and her classmates bring in to be recycled, the school earns a nickel. But when all the nickels go missing, everyone suspects they were stolen. Can Cam click! and use her photographic memory to solve this mystery?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
This is a great ecological mystery that infuses green vocabulary and the story of children who are curious in one book. Cam and her friend Eric are observant and excited for the school's Green Day assembly. If the school raises enough money, then the possibility of a skylight is assured. Mr. Day, the Physical Education teacher, is collecting the coins and takes the rolls out to share at the assembly; but something goes very wrong. When the box of coins is revealed, the coins have been replaced with bricks. Does Cam have the "click" power to remember details of the day to help solve the mystery? Does her friend Eric have the will power to stick with her through the process? Will the principal allow them out of class to explore and do the detective work needed to find the answer? All of these issues loom large, and while ecology is infused it is not the main topic; but rather subordinate to the mystery of the coins. Ultimately, Cam and Eric are very successful and the mystery is solved and the dimes are found and the students get the pleasure of enjoying the sunshine from their labors. The ecology of going green is wound into the story in such a way as to be available information without being overwhelming and much of the technical jargon is clearly explained in context. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101136300
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Series:
Cam Jansen Series , #28
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,045,161
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
File size:
3 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.


Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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The Green School Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #28) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOL SO MUCH ADOUT THIS BOOK
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I enjoy reading the Cam Jansen book series because reading is fun
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Lucy Clare Pieratt More than 1 year ago
It's so going green with Cam and Eric till the dimes are missing Cam and Eric will help find them?
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With pride, principal Dr. Prell declares the elementary school has become a ¿Green School¿ with its can collection recycling drive to pay for skylights in order to cut back on electricity. Students have brought in cans that are given to recycling each can brings in a nickel. The school has 927 rolls of nickels.---------------- At the Green Day assembly to show the rolls of nickels to the students before it goes to the bank, the wagon holding the loot instead contains bricks. While the police investigate, photographic memory whiz, Cam Jansen begins ¿clicking¿ what she saw earlier in the day in hopes of solving who stole the coins and how. On a roll, Cam gets closer to solving the Green School theft.----------------- Targeting second and third graders, the latest Cam Jansen elementary school mystery is a fun tale starring the amateur sleuth at her photographic clicking best as she solves the case. The story line focuses on the how the crime was pulled off but equally on what young children can pragmatically do to help green the planet. The illustrations enhance a fine early elementary school relevant mystery that the audience will love clicking away while driving parents happy (for reading) and crazy (for clicking).---------- Harriet Klausner