Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Series #8)

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Cam Jansen has a great time looking for shells on the beach with her friend Eric and her aunt Molly. But when they're done, Cam's mother is nowhere in sight! She was just sitting under a red umbrella, so how could she have disappeared? With a click, Cam puts her photographic memory to work to find her mom.

Cam uses her photographic memory and her brain to solve two mysteries at the beach, involving a missing mother and a missing ...

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Overview

Cam Jansen has a great time looking for shells on the beach with her friend Eric and her aunt Molly. But when they're done, Cam's mother is nowhere in sight! She was just sitting under a red umbrella, so how could she have disappeared? With a click, Cam puts her photographic memory to work to find her mom.

Cam uses her photographic memory and her brain to solve two mysteries at the beach, involving a missing mother and a missing set of papers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Cam is at the beach with her friend Eric. Her Aunt Molly suggests that they take a walk to collect seashells. How will they remember where Cam's mother is sitting to find their way back? A crowded beach is the setting. Cam looks at her mother's spot, closes her eyes and says, "Click." Without using the term "photographic memory," this Level 2 early chapter reader in the "Viking Easy-To-Read" series establishes Cam Jansen's unique character trait that allows her to solve mysteries. The simple mini-mystery in this book deals with locating mother even though one element of Cam's memory picture moves out of the picture. Another smaller mystery arises once they find mother. Solving the mysteries involves using the clues of the changing tide and the blowing sand. The story is aimed at beginning readers in grades K-2 and includes a game to challenge the visual memory skills of readers. The series is intended as a preview to the older Cam Jansen mysteries. The illustrations are colorful, cartoon-like and support the text, as is appropriate with beginning readers. 2002, Viking,
— Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When Cam, her friend Eric, and her Aunt Molly take a walk on the beach, Cam thinks she will be able to find their way back to her mother, but the umbrellas she used to mark their spot seem to have moved. In five short chapters, children discover the case at hand and have the opportunity to solve it through deductive reasoning. The colorful page just before the first chapter previews the scene, affording readers the same view that the young investigator has. Beginning readers will love the colorful illustrations that are so integral to the mystery, as well as the humor innate to the series. Team up Cam Jansen with Marjorie Sharmat's "Nate the Great" for fun mysteries for novice readers.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to solve two mini-mysteries that take place on a trip to the beach with her mother, her aunt, and her friend, Eric. This is Cam's eighth mystery in Adler's successful easy-reader series (Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery, 2001, etc.), which features the main character from his longer Cam Jansen stories. In this summertime beach adventure, Cam, Eric, and Aunt Molly stroll down the beach to look for shells, leaving Cam's mother under her red beach umbrella. Cam's group briefly loses track of Cam's mother (mystery number 1) as the tide rises and the configuration of colorful beach umbrellas changes. Cam's mother briefly loses track of her papers for work (mystery number 2), which were covered by blowing sand. Cam solves both puzzles by reviewing prior situations, a device that offers a repetitive structure for new readers to practice the same descriptive words. The mysteries are rather lame, but the plot hangs together and the controlled vocabulary and familiar, appealing character address the considerable market for new readers who can feel successful reading through a whole series of similarly leveled and structured stories. The final page offers an easy memory game with questions based on the story's first illustration. Natti's watercolor-and-ink illustrations add colorful interest, although Cam often looks a little too young for the intended audience. (Easy reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142500798
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Series: Young Cam Jansen Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 218,166
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

David Adler

David A. Adler lives in Woodmere, New York. Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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