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Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones #3 Hardcover – April 27, 1981


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Series: Cam Jansen (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1st ed edition (April 27, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670200409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670200405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Zoe This is a great book to use for book clubs.
Mary Allen
She loves Cam Jansen and likes that she can read them all by herself even at 6 years old.
Doris Lagos
That's what makes her special and what makes you want to read more and more.
WannaBeABetty

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is a very intresting book!This book was one of the most best books i ever read!It is like a real movie.It also gives you all the detales and everything.This story is like a detective story.You would realy like it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WannaBeABetty on January 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
You have to love Cam Jansen. When you're a kid, you read all of these stories about magic powers, mystery, and adventure. But everyone tells you magic can't exist. Cam Jansen manages to solve every case without the use of magic... she's a real girl. That's what makes her special and what makes you want to read more and more. She lives her life and has friends just like everyone else. Cam Jansen is a real kid superhero, and the thought that a person like her could actually exist... makes her the best kid detective ever! Kids can really associate themselves with Cam and her friends. Our family loves Cam Jansen!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
i would buy any cam jansen book even if it cost 100 dollars. and this book was very interesting
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am reading Cam Jansen. Their class goes to a musewm and Cam notices that dinousaur bones are missing. It is a great book. YOU shoud read it. It is addicting because you want to know what the mystery is. Read to find out who stole the bones!

By Caleb
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
David A. Adler, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (Scholastic, 1981)

Straightforward early-grade mystery that's about as complex as an Encyclopedia Brown story, but takes up a good deal more space; one wonders at the expansive real estate. Still, mystery novels for kids were not a huge commodity back in the eighties (before the term "chapter books" had come about to describe this category of kidlit), and as with any vertical-market application, authors could get away with more, which is why when someone came out with a really good novel-length kidlit mystery, my whole school went nuts. (If you're old enough, remember how popular The Westing Game was when it appeared, for example?) Still, the plot is fun and the characters are as well, and if you don't mind your mystery elements predictable and simplistic, it's not bad. Just don't expect something as complex and engrossing as the average modern kidlit mystery. ***
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I would like to reccommend this book to boys and girls because it has alot of mystery and adventure. The main characters are Eric, Cam, Fred and Silva
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it was interesting.I like the way they find the missing bones. I would like to read another book about Cam Jansen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WannaBeABetty on January 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
You have to love Cam Jansen. When you're a kid, you read all of these stories about magic powers, mystery, and adventure. But everyone tells you magic can't exist. Cam Jansen manages to solve every case without the use of magic... she's a real girl. That's what makes her special and what makes you want to read more and more. She lives her life and has friends just like everyone else. Cam Jansen is a real kid superhero, and the thought that a person like her could actually exist... makes her the best kid detective ever! Kids can really associate themselves with Cam and her friends. Our family loves Cam Jansen!
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