Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: CAM JANSEN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE DINOSAUR BONES


  
CAM JANSEN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE DINOSAUR BONES

David A. Adler

Penguin Books
1981

Availiable: paperback, Kindle, library binding

    Fifth grader Cam Jansen is with her class on a fieldtrip to the Kurt Daub Museum. Cam is a nickname and short for camera because she can take pictures in her mind. And remember them, too. So when the class visits her favorite display, the dinosaur exhibit, she realizes something is wrong.  Some of the dinosaur's tail bones are missing. When she points this out to the adults, they think she's imagining things.
    It's a cute story and a nice read. Cam and her friend Eric use fifth-grade logic to track down the clues to solve the mystery. The story flows well and although this story is a little older, it still feels fun and fresh,

Target audience: Grades 4-5
Mystery / suspense: Good
Kid appeal: Yes

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