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CAM JANSEN MYSTERIES

JUST PUBLISHED!!!! Cam Jansen Mystery #33

Test Your Memory!
Go to the Memory Quiz Page.


CAM JANSEN #32 -- Published September 2012


Cam Jansen Mystery #30

Cam Mystery #29

Cam Mystery #28

The very first Cam Jansen Mystery -- David got the idea from the mystery from being a stay-at-home dad with his infant son Michael.

Cam Mystery #27

Cam Mystery # 26

Cam Mystery # 25 -- 25th Anniversary Special with added materials

Cam Mystery # 24

Cam Mystery # 23 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 22 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 21 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 20 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 19 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 18 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 17 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 16 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 15 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 14 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 13 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 12

Cam Mystery # 11 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 10 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 9 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 8 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 7

Cam Mystery # 6 (original cover)

Cam Mystery # 5 (original cover)

Cam Jansen Mystery # 4 (original cover)


Cam Jansen Mystery # 2 (original cover)



JUST PUBLISHED!!!





SUPER SPECIAL---3 full-length mysteries in one book, now available in paperback and hardcover

For a free Cam Jansen teacher's guide + Adler Picture Book Biography Teachers' Guide (pages may be reproduced for classroom use) bookmarks, + other materials, please send a stamped, self-addressed 9" X 12" envelope (12 oz. -- $3.08) to Cam Jansen P.O. Box 121, Hewlett, NY 11557 Please, send fan mail and all other correspondence to David Adler, P.O. Box 121, Hewlett, NY 11557. Please include a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope (45c)with all fan mail.

Are Cam and Eric based on children you've known?

Cam is based on a friend of mine from elementary school. Eric is based on me.
When I wrote the first of the Cam Jansen mysteries I thought children would identify with timid Eric. I was wrong. I've been told that most children who read the books see themselves as the smart, assertive Cam.

A SUPER SPECIALCam Jansenand theSummer Camp Mysteries -- 3 full-length mysteries in one book.

Questions and Answers with David A. Adler, author of the Cam Jansen books


Why did you decide to write the Cam Jansen books?

I had been a math teacher in the New York City school system and was just beginning a child care leave. My first son had been born and I planned to stay home and take care of him while my wife returned to her work as a school psychologist. I had already written a few books, but I wanted to work on a series. I wanted to create a character young readers would want to read about again and again. I remembered a classmate in first and second grade with a great memory. It was rumored he had a photographic memory. The character Cam Jansen began with him. I also remembered the trouble I had when I first learned to read, the difficulty I had with the books meant to follow the Dick and Jane series. It was too big a leap for me. Even in the late 1970s, when my first son was born, there were still very few books between the easy-to-reads and the eight-to-twelves. Somehow, children were expected to make that leap. For some, it was no problem. For me and many others, it was. The Cam Jansen books (not the Young Cam Jansens) are transitional readers, books for children "in transit," from easy-to-reads to middle-grade novels.

Why did you make the Cams mysteries?

Comprehension is a real problem with beginning readers. One of my sons once asked me about a book he had just read, "What's it about?" He read every word of the book and understood none of it. He was too busy sounding out the words to pay any attention to what he was reading. Mysteries are perfect for beginning readers. In the Cams, the clues Cam remembers at the end of the books, the clues that solve the mysteries, are there for the reader, too. Cam's readers, hopefully, are alert. They try to find the clues and solve the mystery before Cam does.

What makes Cams transtional readers?

The Cams are not simply chapter books with easy reading levels. Children who are just begining to read on their own, read slowly. They read every word. But they don't think slowly. We can't ask them to speed up their reading, so to keep their attention it's necessary to keep the story moving. The Cams move quickly. Something is always happening. Characters are introduced through dialogue and plot. Scenes are set in just a few words.

Why did you decide to make Cam a girl?

I like to write against stereotypes. Cam, as a girl, is curious and assertive, just as many girls really are. But that's not their stereotype. It's my hope that the current generation of readers will be open to treat people as individuals, whatever their gender, race, religion, or age.

Did your years as a math teacher influence your writing in any way?

I approach my Cam Jansen mysteries as math problems. First I set up the problem -- to create a mystery that will be solved with visual clues. Then I go about solving it.

YOUNG CAM JANSEN and the MOLLY SHOE MYSTERY --- New for 2008!


Cam Jansen and Young Cam Jansen Mysteries


If writing is like swimming... An interview with Bruce Black:

1) how do you get into the water each day?
The only way to get into the water is to jump in. Don't over think the process. Just jump in and write.

2) What keeps you afloat...for short work? For longer work?
I keep rereading what I've written and that takes me deeper and deeper into my story.

3) How do you keep swimming through dry spells?
How can there be dry spells in swimming? Being dry can only mean you stepped out of the water. If I get stuck working on one manuscript, I start or continue work on another. I find it helpful to work on more than one project at a time.

4) What's the hardest part of swimming?
The hardest part, I find, is discovering the voice for my story and that comes at the very beginning.

5) How do you overcome obstacles, problems, when swimming alone?
Writers always swim alone. I try not to put too much pressure on myself, not to demand a great first draft. But I keep rereading and rewriting until I'm satisfied.

6) What's the part of swimming that you love the most?
It's the swim I love, not the jumping in the water, and not the stepping out. I love the rewriting, just playing with my words. I feel somewhat sad to finish the final rewrite and have to send off a cherished manuscript.


CAM JANSEN and the SCARY SNAKE MYSTERY

New Cam Cover #3



YOUNG CAM JANSEN and the Missing Cookie

CAM JANSEN and the Triceratops Pops Mystery

CAM JANSEN and the Mystery of Flight 54

New Cam Cover #4

Colonel Theodore Roosevelt -- Spring 2014

Two FREE bookmarks -- one Danny's Doodles boomark and one handsigned bookmark (selections vary) -- both on heavy stock -- Just send a self-addressed forever stamped business sized envelope to Cam Jansen Bookmarks, PO Box 121, Hewlett NY 11557

Read all the Cam Jansen, Young Cam Jansen, and Cam Jansen Super Special editions

Cam hand-signed poster, one of several available

For free Cam Jansen 8.5" X 11" hand signed Cam and other posters on heavy stock + many writng lessons ready to be copied and handed to your students teacher's guide + study guides for 11 books by David A. Adler + other materials, please send a stamped, self-addressed 9" X 12" envelope (12 oz. -- $3.12) to Cam Jansen
P.O. Box 121, Hewlett, NY 11557

Please, send fan mail and all other correspondence to David Adler, P.O. Box 121, Hewlett, NY 11557.
Please include a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope (46c)with all fan mail.


Young Cam and Bones poster


The latest Jeffrey Bones Mystery--published October 2013 -- Great mystery fun for the beginning reader


DANNY'S DOODLES: The Jelly Bean Experiment -- to be published in September 2013.

Early Review of DANNY'S DOODLES: THE JELLY BEAN EXPERIMENT
Publishers Weekly
Adler again displays his versatility with this empathic first book in the Danny’s Doodles illustrated chapter book series. Bighearted fourth-grader Danny Cohen cheerfully plays along when new kid Calvin Waffle makes him the subject of a mysterious experiment and fills Danny’s pockets with jelly beans. Quirky and scientifically minded, Calvin wears two different socks because his right foot is “very serious,” the left “often silly,” and he answers, “Tallahassee is the capital of Florida” in response to a math problem. “I didn’t hear the question,” he explains. “And most teachers like capitals and everyone loves Florida.” Adler also tempers the story’s humor with some poignant moments: Calvin says his father is a traveling spy when he has actually abandoned the family, and the jelly bean experiment is really about making friends. Squiggly cartoon line drawings (mostly character portraits) that appear throughout are purportedly Danny’s work; they look authentically kid­like but add little to the story. The novel delivers laughs as well as a clear message about friendship and acceptance, even when one’s friend is “100% weird.” Ages 7–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Sept.)

Danny's Doodles

JUST PUBLISHED by Holiday House -- BOOKLIST, Starred Review

JUST PUBLISHED by Holiday House

NEW!!!!
Check out the Cam Brain Teasers page.




Reviews of David A. Adler's school visit programs:
"Excellent and congruent with the instructional strategies we encourage."
"Educational and entertaining."
"Inspiring!"
"Fantastic presentation for every grade"
"I've been hearing rave reviews all afternoon! Both of my boys came home and wanted to write stories."
GO TO SCHOOL VISIT PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION


September 2013


Your class can SKYPE for free with David A. Adler to talk about his book DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE WAR. Have your class read this book (available in paperback from Puffin--Penguin tel # 866 206 5865 -- ask for multi-book discount)email David at CAMJ563@​aol.com to set a date for the talk, then listen to insights from the author, and ask him questions about the book.

David at The Hartford 2012 with Larry the Stag

Send for 2 free bookmarks.
Send a self-addressed business-sized stamped envelope (a long envelope with a 46 cents stamp)to CAM JANSEN BOOKMARKS, P.O. Box 121, Hewlett, NY 11557.



2 Free Cam Jansen Bookmarks -- just send a self addressed stamped business--sized envelope (45c stamp) to Cam Jansen Bookmarks, PO Box 121, Hewlett, NY 11557.

If you like Young Cam Jansen you'll also like the Jeffrey Bones stories.


David and his grandson Jacob--2010

David and Jacob -- Newsday July 2010

Renee and David -- 1994

David A. Adler's email address is:
CamJ563@​aol.com



The 5th title in the NEW Jeffrey Bones Mysteries



May 4th is Cam Jansen's birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAM!


TEST YOUR MEMORY!

IT'S FUN!

Go to the QUIZZES page and look at each memory quiz picture. Blink your eyes and say "Click!" Then take the memory quiz. See how much you remember. Maybe you have a photographic memory, too!


Celebrate Cam Jansen's birthday in your classroom. Play the memory game just below. Play the memory quizzes elsewhere on this site. Play the Photographic Memory Game found on the mystery page on the www.DavidAAdler.com site.

***WHAT'S WRONG HERE GAME***Many times a detective will notice something out of the ordinary at the scene of a crime which may help to solve a case.To play this game you will need pencils and paper, and a watch or timer.1- Before you begin, set a space up with some slightly unusual things. Perhaps a poster will be upside down or among the books on the bookshelf will be a box of cereal, or there is a large plastic bug somewhere.2- Have the players come into the space for just 60 seconds and tell them to remember whatever they see that looks unusual. (You can even use an image projected on the wall with some unusual details, perhaps an illustration from a Cam Jansen mystery.) Of course, there can be no talking during this time.3. When time is up, have them leave the space and write down all the strange details they remember.4- Check how many details each player remembered.5- Take a second look at the space or projected picture and have the players cross off anything they got wrong. 6- The player with the most correct observations wins.

Another game, the PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY GAME is found on the DavidAAdler.com web site.








Young Cam and Eric

READ THE JEFFREY BONES MYSTERIES

Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery

Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery

Bones and the Cupcake Mystery

Bones and the Dinosaur Mystery

Bones and the Birthday Mystery

Bones and the Math Test Mystery

Bones and the Roller Coaster Mystery

(All published by Viking)




CAM JANSEN RIDDLES


When Cam wants to remember something she says "Click!"
What does she say when . . .

1. She drinks her milk too fast?
2. Her head is hot and her hands are cold?
3. It's Eric's turn in a game of Old Maid?
4. Her watch is going "tock"?
5. She wants a taste of ice cream?
6. She is trying to light a candle but can't find a string?
7. She wants to lay an egg?
8. She sees Eric with his hands in front of his face?
9. She sees 400 geese fly by?
10. She steps on a wad of chewing gum?
CHECK QUIZZES PAGE FOR THE ANSWERS

New for 2008!
Spring, YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE MOLLY SHOE MYSTERY;
Fall, CAM JANSEN AND THE GREEN SCHOOL MYSTERY.
And this FALL look for a new Jeffrey Bones Mystery,
BONES AND THE ROLLER COASTER MYSTERY.


Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery

YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE ZOO NOTE MYSTERY

Go to the QUIZES page and test your memory.
Cam Jansen has a photographic memory. Maybe you have one, too.


#22--Published in September 2002

YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE DOUBLE BEACH MYSTERY (Viking 2002, Puffin 2003) Two mysteries in one!

YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE LIBRARY MYSTERY (Viking 2001, Puffin 2002)

#20--Published in September 2000