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Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the U.F.O. #2 Kindle Edition

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Length: 64 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7


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"What wrongdoer is any match for Cam Jansen, the girl with the amazing photographic memory?" ( Booklist)

"An uncluttered plot, a clever heroine, clear language, and a dash of humor make for a zestful mystery."(School Library Journal)

About the Author

David A. Adler (www.davidaadler.com and www.camjansen.com) is the author of more than 175 children’s books. Before becoming a children’s book author, he taught math and science, and completed master’s degrees in marketing and economics. He lives in Woodmere, New York.


Product Details

  • File Size: 4991 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (July 22, 2004)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2004
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CIY8YW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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

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This is the second Cam Jansen book I've bought for my second grade daughter. I've looked for books with good female characters, and Cam is definitely that: she's smart, observant, confident. These books are light, but that's exactly what I'm looking for for my young tween reader. There's no sass, no snarky, no attitude and certainly nothing inappropriate for the 7-10 year old crowd. Just a fun mystery that sets up and resolves like a fun episode of Scoobie Do.

My daughter is a good reader and these chapter books are the perfect size for her. The chapters are the right length for finding a stopping place at bedtime. She can finish a book in a night or three of reading. The characters and story arcs are not complicated, allowing her to remember the story arc and the clues as she's reading. I find with my daughter that "reading" and "comprehension" don't always go hand in hand, but with the Cam books she seems to be able to pick up the big clues and big cues of the story and can give me an update of the last couple chapters she's just read. The mystery format of the book lends itself to her holding the pieces together in her head while she reads.

Oh, and one thing I think is very important - I call it the read-aloud-ability factor. The two Cam books that I've read with my daughter score very high for me in being able to read them aloud to her (or her to me). There are just some chapter books that do not lend themselves to being read aloud with your kiddo. The word choices, sentence structure, whatever it is just doesn't let the story flow when reading aloud. Cam just seems to work well read aloud. This is a good thing, because though my daughter is an independent reader, I still enjoy reading aloud or listening to her read at bedtimes.

All in all am very pleased with the Cam books. I'll be buying many more, just working my way down the line. I also like that they're available for Kindle, as they're fun to have on the go for long trips.
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A Kid's Review on August 1, 2011
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Hi! I am seven years old. I loved this book! It was hilarious. My favorite character was the cat. Because he did something funny .To find out you have to read the book.
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By BKerner on December 25, 2013
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Good intro to chapter books. Funny characters and situations. Very engaging. My child likes to read them out loud to me.
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First Cam Jensen book was a gift and my daughter just loved it. So I came to Amazon to purchase more and have about ten so far and she loves them all.
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My daughter loves this book. It was a choice on her summer reading list and she has read it more than once.
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Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me. This is a more harder book than he's used to and I had him read it as a challenge while being there to readily help him along so he wouldn't get frustrated.

This was both my son's and my first Cam Jansen book. I had expected Cam to be a boy and so was of course surprised and delighted with the story of how Jennifer came to be known as "Cam". Cam and her friend Eric are interesting, bright and responsible fifth-graders whom I enjoyed reading about. Eric is trying to enter a photography contest at school but he comes across some ne'er-do-well who must cheat at everything and Cam and Eric set out to figure what he is up to and honesty wins out in the end. Ds seemed to be enjoying the story as he read, he had no complaints and laughed along with the story, but he's at that stage where if you ask him if he liked a book he'll just say "no" for the mere fact that he had to read it. I'll pick up a few more of these if I run across them at thrift prices. They certainly would have entertained my mystery gene when I was a kid!
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A Kid's Review on May 18, 2011
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The book Cam Jansen and the UFO Mystery keeps you concentrating on the suspects. Eric and Cam went outside to take pictures. Suddenly colorful lights came out of nowhere. Some people say that it is a UFO but Cam thought of something else. You should read this book because this book is action packed.
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I like mystery books with chapters and this is a fun book to read ,good story too!and a good mystery and I like books with cam in them
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