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Young Cam Jansen and the Speedy Car Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Series #16)
     

Young Cam Jansen and the Speedy Car Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Series #16)

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by David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator)
 

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At her school?s Green Fair, Cam and her friends are learning how to keep the earth green. Everyone is having fun at the exhibits?until a student?s remotecontrolled car goes missing! Was it stolen? It?s up to Cam and her amazing memory to find Speedy.

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At her school?s Green Fair, Cam and her friends are learning how to keep the earth green. Everyone is having fun at the exhibits?until a student?s remotecontrolled car goes missing! Was it stolen? It?s up to Cam and her amazing memory to find Speedy.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Cam—short for camera because of her photographic memory—often solves mysteries and this tale is no exception. Targeted for young readers, Cam and her friends Eric and Danny are going to the Green Fair. The focus is inventions and ideas to help keep our earth green. Ben has a car that is powered by electricity and he urges Cam and her friends to give his car, which he calls Speedy, a try. Next the kids learn about wind power. In the meantime, Ben is a bit distraught because his car Speedy is missing. Danny is sure that the car was stolen and the thief must have made his way out through the back of the gym. There was no toy car in the parking lot. Danny keeps trying to tell jokes but no one wants to listen; finally one of them triggers something in Cam's mind and she is able to solve the mystery. Young readers will enjoy seeing if they too can come to the same conclusion as Cam did. The illustrations are full of kids showing off their science fair projects and Cam and her friends both fooling around and also seriously working to solve the mystery. This book and others in the series should be very popular with beginning readers. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142418680
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/21/2013
Series:
Penguin Young Readers Level 3 Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
212,511
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 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 YoungCam Jansen series. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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Young Cam Jansen and the Speedy Car Mystery 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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My granddaughter liked this book, lots of pictures which was a good thing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cuz 2 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but i like some books better
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