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Title:
Cam Jansen and the first day of school mystery
Author:
Adler, David A.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2002.
Physical Description:
50 pages : 22 cm.
Summary:
On her first day of fifth grade, Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to help the police find a car thief. Includes a memory game.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
320 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 1.0 64472.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.9 3 Quiz: 31838 Guided reading level: L.
ISBN:
9780670035755
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's Cam Jansen's first day of fifth grade and she and her friend Eric can't wait to meet their new teacher. Only their day turns out to be more exciting than they ever expected. First their school bus gets stuck in traffic and they have to walk to school. Then they see a car crashed into a tree. And then their new teacher is taken away by the police! "Click," says Cam, using her photographic memory, and her mind is off and running on how to solve this first day of school mystery.


Author Notes

David A. Adler was born in New York City. He attended Queen's College in New York City and later, earned an MBA in Marketing from New York University.

He writes both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of Cam Jansen mysteries and the Andy Russell titles. His titles has earned him numerous awards including a Sydney Taylor Book Award for his title "The Number on My Grandfather's Arm," "A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays" was named a Notable Book of 1981 by the American Library Association and "Our Golda" was named a Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. On the first day of school, the police come into the classroom and arrest Cam's teacher for leaving the scene of an accident. But as always in Adler's lively, easy-to-read, chapter-book mysteries, Cam uses her photographic memory to find important clues and save the day. The twenty-second book in the popular series, this is one of the best, from the opening scene on the school bus stuck in traffic to Cam's clever discovery of a dry-cleaning ticket that leads her to the criminal. With the informal storytelling and the immediacy of the scenarios, this is sure to draw beginning readers to the pleasure of mystery stories with a protagonist close to home. --Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-A disappointing addition to the series. On the way to the first day of fifth grade, Cam and Eric's school bus is stopped in a traffic tie-up caused by a car crash a few blocks away from school. Later, their teacher is taken away by the police, accused of leaving the scene of the accident. Using her photographic memory, Cam is able to establish that Ms. Benson was not driving her car at the time of the accident. Her memory also points toward the clue that identifies the thief, who was driving. Neither of the "clues" provided by Cam could have been overlooked by even the densest police inquiry. It also strains credulity that the officers would confront a teacher in front of her class and that the principal would then leave the children unattended while she arranged for a sub.-Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.