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Cam Jansen and The Birthday Mystery by David…

Cam Jansen and The Birthday Mystery (2000)

by David A. Adler

Other authors: Susanna Natti (Illustrator)

Series: Cam Jansen (20)

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Use: solving mysteries.
Genre: contemporary realistic fiction. early chapter book. mystery.
Media: black and white.

Cam throws a party for her parents' 40th birthdays. They get a call that their grandparents arrived at the airport to come to the party but their luggage got stolen. Cam, Eric, and them go to the airport to pick them up and figure the mystery out. Cam uses her photographic memory to figure out who was the stealer.He had glasses and long yellow hair with a dent in his car. There were also several instances when they accidentally mistook someone else for being the thief and had to apologize. Cam gets a dress and camera. This can happen in real life. ( )
  HannahChesnutt | Mar 4, 2016 |
The book had short chapters, intriguing, very easy read, as well as pictures every now and then. It keeps the attention of the reader, I liked this book. Many children tend to like mystery books or books where they have to follow along to try and find out what happened. I think that this book is one where they can follow along to find out the mystery about the birthday and it is something that will keep them interested. ( )
  heyleigh | Mar 13, 2014 |
Reason for Reading: My son read this aloud to me and we've read the second book in the series. This book is just a bit too hard for him so I need to help frequently and now and then take over reading a page but he's doing quite well, we are going to do more in this series as he likes it quite well and it will be an indicator of his improvement when he can read them without (much) struggle.

This is a fun, intelligent mystery for younger kids. The clues are there. Cam has used her photographic memory once again to picture the scene but she's not a know-it-all and isn't sure how to piece it all together so it makes sense. The kids' never go off into dangerous territory without the required adult present: the father, a police officer, etc. Nothing silly here but the dialogue is light-hearted and the family and friends have fun even amidst the discomfort of having their luggage and gifts stolen. Well-written mystery series for beginning chapter book readers and early fans of the genre. ( )
  ElizaJane | Sep 27, 2012 |
Cam, the girl detective with a photographic memory, has an airport adventure after her grandparents are robbed in the parking lot during her parents' joint birthday party.

This mystery is serviceable but not particularly exciting. Every single event of the afternoon (the case is solved within a few hours) is described in minute detail. For instance, when the characters cross the street, the function of the walk sign is explained. This makes the pace somewhat slow, especially in audiobook form, but second graders who love mysteries will still like Cam Jansen's birthday mystery. ( )
  megmcg624 | Dec 22, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142403547, Paperback)

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.

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When Cam's grandparents are robbed on their way to her parents' surprise birthday party, Cam uses her photographic memory to solve the mystery.

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