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Capture the Flag
Kate Messner


Cam Jansen - The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (series #3) PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• This series offers a nice introduction to the mystery/detective type of book.
• It provides a good example of problem solving by the main characters.
• Although limited character development, it is a good example of boy/girl friendship.
• Cam’s confidence will help readers feel their own sense of empowerment.
• The story line is simple and easy to follow.
Sweet Series Background:
Cam Jansen is the fifth grade queen of crime solving. She says “click” and remembers everything she sees. She is fearless and confident as she approaches the little mysteries that she encounters on a daily basis. She uses her incredible memory to evaluate every situation and analyzes the facts in order to draw a conclusion that generally helps someone in need.
Sweet Book Summary:
This time Cam discovers some dinosaur bones missing from the Museum. With her photographic memory, Cam took a mental picture of the Coelophysis skeleton the first time she visited the museum. On this second visit with her class, Cam discovers the skeleton is three bones short. For some reason the guide doesn't want to listen to Cam. So after their visit, Cam and Eric try to stay in the museum but get caught. Upon leaving the museum, Cam and Eric notice a dairy truck making a delivery to the museum. Hmmm, Cam wonders, what does a museum need with milk? So she and Eric follow the truck and in the process find out where those missing dinosaur bones went, and you can bet it has something to do with the reticent museum guide.

The story is simple and exciting to newly independent readers, however antiquated it may seem to us. Or scary. Kids don't find fifth graders chasing a truck on their bikes, and then being cornered by the bad guys nearly as scary (or unrealistic) as parents do, they find it exciting!
Author: David Adler Illustrator: Susanna Natti Published: 2004, 64 pages
Themes: Detective Stories, Friendship, Adventure, Dinosaurs
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Daisy Dawson is On Her Way, Steve Voake
Keeker and the Sneaky Pony, Hadley Higgenson
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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1 Sunday, 08 May 2011 00:49
it was a good book

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