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The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades. Now the first ten books in the series have updated covers that bring new life to these perennial best-sellers. Old fans and new readers will love Cam's cool, modern look!...

Title : The Mystery of the UFO
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ISBN : 9780142400111
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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The Mystery of the UFO Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-05-13 19:38

    The original Cam Jansen series follows the exploits of 10-year-old 5th grader Jennifer "the Camera" (aka "Cam") Jansen and her best friend, classmate, and neighbor Eric Shelton. Cam got her nickname because of her photographic memory. All she has to do is say "Click," and Cam can remember everything she's seen, which comes in pretty handy when trying to solve mysteries.David Adler has written several beginning chapter book series, but Cam Jansen is one of the earliest and most successful. He's been writing the series since 1980 and now writes roughly one volume per year. He has also started a Young Cam Jansen series of even simpler chapter books. Reading level wise, I'd say children they'd interest children from kindergarden through fifth grade who are just starting to read chapter books. I didn't read any of the the young Cam Jansen books, but it looks like they're more limited in scope and probably would be considered "baby books" to anyone beyond 2nd grade.Because the books are so short, I read essentially the first half of the series and the 25th anniversary special "The Valentine Day Baby Mystery" where Cam's mom has twins, ending Cam's only child status, and Eric's mom has her car stolen, only to be returned when Cam's quick thinking discovers the thief.Overall I was surprised at how engaging these stories were. I would totally recommend them to children just starting to read chapter books. The print is big and there are still several black and white drawings scattered throughout the text, making them an easy transition from picture books. Plus, they're well-written enough that I think they can nudge children to move on to better quality titles as they move on to longer chapter books.Of course they're not perfect, though. It seems that adults Cam and Eric interact with choose to not accept Cam's photographic memory only when it's necessary to create tension in the story. Otherwise most adults take for granted that this 10-year-old can solve diamond thefts and bank robberies. Still, it has to be empowering for kids to read about someone close to their age solving mysteries like that.I was also kind of bothered by the way Cam always ends up being right. Sometimes she comes off as a little too cocky and unwilling to listen to others. In nearly every story Eric plays the wet blanket suggesting that they tell an adult what they've discovered rather than trying to catch the bad guy on their own. However Cam always forges ahead and ends up getting her suspect. Again, I'm sure kids love the feeling of accomplishment, but sometimes it feels like Cam's walking the fine line between extreme confidence and recklessness, as in the Chocolate Fudge Mystery where she trespasses into someone's back yard just because she thinks it's weird that no one's home. Her dad and Eric both tell her she shouldn't be doing this, but Cam doesn't care because she's certain there's a mystery to be solved. She turns out be right (there's a bank robber hiding in the house) and her disregard for strangers' privacy is forgotten.And honestly, that's the problem I had with these books when I was little. While it was cool to read about a kid doing cool stuff like solving robberies, I could always tell that the stories weren't quite true to real life. I guess that's why I always preferred stories of kids doing amazing things that were based off real stories like Island of the Blue Dolphins or at least seemed more realistic.My husband, however, loved these books as a kid and said he read every one he could get his hands on when he was younger, so I guess that's at least some proof of their appeal to both sexes. Both libraries I checked these books out from had multiple copies of the titles in this series and even then I had trouble finding all the titles actually on the shelf, so they continue to be popular titles. I think they would be great additions to a school or public library collection.

  • Nancy Kotkin
    2019-05-22 00:24

    Part of the Cam Jansen chapter book series featuring a fifth-grade girl with a "photographic" memory. These books are not whodunit type of mysteries, but each story contains a conundrum, which Cam's eidetic memory helps to solve. The protagonist and her bff are a bit old for a chapter book. The books in the series are all short, (less than 60 pgs each) quick reads. They can be read independently of one another, and are easily understood if read out of order. Published in the 1980s, the books are somewhat dated, mostly in terms of technology (i.e. cameras requiring film that needs developing, pay telephones in boxes, kids running around without a cell phone or any way to contact parents/authorities, etc.).In this book, Cam and her best friend, Eric, investigate a UFO sighting to determine whether or not it is authentic.

  • RLL22017Necole Jordan
    2019-04-27 19:32

    This book was funny and engaging. It's about a girl named Jennifer who's nickname is Cam, because she has a photographic memory and also says "click" a lot. Then there's her friend Eric who loves taking pictures. In the book Eric is trying to find the perfect picture to take, along with Cam's help so he could enter it into a contest. Nothing seemed to catch his eye until him and Cam think they have spotted other life form. They do a little investigating and discover that it's a boy making his siblings take pictures dressed as aliens so he can win the photography contest. This is a good book to open children's imagination. I would use this book in the classroom to do an opening for a creative writing assignment.

  • Greg
    2019-05-13 01:37

    How to write a series of children's books: Lesson 2. 1) We learn more about Cam's photographic memory ability. 2) A cute animal is introduced. 3) A mystery is solved. 4) A child is thrilled to win an "Honorable Mention" in a photography contest but not first place. So doing your best is what counts most, not winning the top prize. 5) The illustrations, very good, are randomly sized and placed.

  • Melody
    2019-04-30 01:35

    4 1/2 stars

  • Tara
    2019-05-02 19:25

    These are fun kid mysteries. The writing is good and I like the main characters. I also really like the pictures.

  • Julia Levine
    2019-05-07 21:27

    Title (italicize): Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the U.F.O.Author: David A. AdlerIllustrator (if separate from author): Susanna NattiGenre: Theme(s): Transitional Chapter BookOpening line/sentence (type directly from text): "Cam stood at the corner."Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): Cam Jansen and her friend are in a park one day and save a cat but then at the exact same time, they see some weird flashing lights which they've never seen before. They investigate a little further and they thought they saw aliens in the woods. Instead, they were actually children wearing aluminum foil. Cam Jansen's friend, Eric, started taking photos of them for a photography contest and discovered they really are children, but the children were entered in the photography contest too, which is why they were dressed like aliens. Then, the children were trying to steal the film from Cam and Eric and so the cat ran away with the film to save it. In the end, the film was saved and Eric won the photo contest.Professional Recommendation/Review #1 (cut & paste): Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.) "Cam enjoys helping her friend Eric look for interesting things to take pictures of for the Junior News Photography Contest, but she doesn't need a camera to capture the scenes she wants to remember. She simply keeps important pictures in her mind. When Cam and Eric spot some strange lights in the sky, they think they have proof of U.F.O.s. But there's something fishy about this alien adventure. Using Eric s camera and Cam s photographic memory, the two young detectives set out to learn the truth."(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Unabridged CD- Library Edition; C3673 $15.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)Professional Recommendation/Review #2 (cut & paste): Jessie Grearson (Audiofile, February/March 2006) "Child-detective Cam Jansen (a fearless girl with a photographic memory) faces a new challenge: Are the strange lights she and friend Eric spot really U.F.O.s, or is there another explanation? Christina Moore has done a great job narrating the Cam Jansen series, and this story is no exception. She gives Cam and Eric their own distinct and likable personalities; other incidental characters are as skillfully drawn. Moore's straightforward reading creates a grounded story line onto which she projects a genuine atmosphere of suspense. Young sleuths will listen carefully, collecting clues that will lead to a satisfying answer."(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: p2003.)Response to Two Professional Reviews (3-4 sentences in your own words): The first professional review discusses in great depth the plot of the book, but doesn't discuss the literary elements that are inhabited it this text or has a specific opinion to this book. This text simply gives an overview to any potential reader that would grab this book off the shelf and want to know what Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O. is about. The second professional review, in my opinion, is a much better constructed review in that it doesn't give away too much content about the plot, but it does provide a detailed analysis about the book rather than simply a summary.Evaluation of Literary Elements (3-4 sentences in your own words): This book has a very rhythmic, and constant tone to the book. In each chapter, the reader discovers more about the mystery of the U.F.O. and continually intrigues the reader even more to read on to find out about the mystery of the U.F.O. Additionally, this book is appealing to the reader because of its use of dialogue throughout most of the book. I think that the plot is very to the point and built up in a way that keeps the reader guessing and interested.Consideration of Instructional Application (3-4 sentences in your own words):This book is probably most applicable in a 3rd grade setting. In terms of instructional application, students could draw comic strips depicting the 6 most important events of the book. This activity would be beneficial for students to recall the story they just read in a fun and engaging way.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-05-12 18:20

    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!

  • Dolly
    2019-05-20 22:32

    This is a reread for us. Our girls picked this one out and I thought it would be worth a second read. We'd read the Cam Jansen Double Mystery #1 more than two years ago, and I was pretty sure our girls wouldn't remember the story. The narrative was actually a bit flat and I didn't like this story very much. But our girls loved little Neptune and thought the aliens were funny (back in 2009 they were a bit scared by them at first.) Overall, it's a fairly typical book in the Cam Jansen series of mysteries by David A. Adler and Susanna Natti. We've really enjoyed reading these books and our girls always look forward to another mystery featuring Cam and her friend Eric.

  • Anna
    2019-05-05 22:23

    There was this little kitty that Cam found in a tree. It was falling down so she gave it some food and got it down and kept it and named it Neptune. Then flashing lights everywhere came! Then they stopped. Then they saw some tinfoil and aluminum wrapped around two kids. There was this older kid who was taking pictures. They were going to get in trouble because they were lying about the UFOs. Neptune ran over and grabbed the mask and gave it to Cam and it was for evidence that aliens weren't real.

  • Elisha
    2019-05-08 01:15

    I loved this book! I am a big fan of the Cam Jansen series and could read them anytime! My favorite part is when she rescued the kitten by putting a piece of ham on the branch so the kitten would come down and then the kitten came up again! I learned that when there are rules you must follow them, even if it is not a law. You shouldn't lie or think about only winning, what matters is that you have fun. Thank you for reading my review! :)

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-05-02 20:14

    I love these books. Even though the author started writing this series awhile ago, they still read very well. I don't know how well today's kids will understand the concept of a camera with film, but I still liked it. ;-)Cam's amazing memory saves the day over and over again. This time in identifying where a UFO might have landed so that she can catch some space aliens. I loved the side story about the kitten and think that overall this was a great book. I highly recommend this series!

  • Mimeewasuda
    2019-05-10 00:22

    I think this Cam Jansen book is the first book that I've read in this series. I've read it in Grade4 ELL. After I read this book, i addicted to it and grabbed more book from this series to read. In the story will give us more and more evidence from each chapter and lead us to the answer. I always predicted what going to happen and have a very fun time with the book.Cam have a very good memories and it's actually that she can take a picture with her eyes.

  • Ayesha Zulfiqar
    2019-05-18 20:30

    I liked this book because it talked about U.F.O and cameras. I like UFOs because they have bright colorful lights and can fly. I liked the camera because Eric wanted to win the camera contest and in the end Eric won and they told us about him in the TV. They also showed us some funny photos.I like Cam Jansen because of her photographic memory. I liked how whenever some asked her a question she said "Click". She could also tell anyone whatever she had seen in exact detail.

  • Tayler K
    2019-04-30 01:32

    I've remembered for years that one time in second grade, we were 3 problems in to checking a math worksheet before I realized what was going on and that I should be paying attention (of course I'd been reading while I waited for the rest of the class to finish the sheet). I'd been pretty sure the book I was reading was about a UFO mystery. Then I saw this while I was shelving at the library the other day, and things clicked.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-05-06 18:23

    3.5 STARS "Ten-year-old Cam, possessor of a photographic memory, and her friend Eric investigate what seems to be a brief appearance of U.F.O.s." (From Amazon)A great mystery/detective series - a great novel for young children (easy to read). For those who like Harriet the Spy and Encyclopedia Brown.

  • Meghan
    2019-05-03 22:34

    This is a great and enjoyable series about Cam Jansen and mysteries that she has to solve. It is a short read and is simple enough for younger students. It is short enough that students who do not normally like to read, might want to try it out and become attached to the character so they read the whole series.

  • Inoli
    2019-05-05 18:39

    I must recommend these and see how well they're received. I read two of them (and will copy this to the other) and I thought the concept of the main character in a children's mystery having a photographic memory was very cool. And Cam was a great character too. The writing seemed to instill excitement and a sense of such activity that made the story fun.

  • Michelle Ault
    2019-04-24 22:41

    Cam Jansen is a fifth grader with a photographic memory. This chapter book is filled with suspense and mystery that encourages the reader to predict what will happen and how Cam and Eric will solve the U.F.O. mystery. It also teaches an important morality lesson and shows how the good guy can come out on top in the end.

  • Victor Lam
    2019-05-18 21:24

    Ages 8 & Up • Ten-year-old Cam, possessor of a photographic memory, and her friend Eric investigate what seems to be a brief appearance of U.F.O.s.

  • Johnny Bennett
    2019-04-26 18:15

    Reading The Mystery of the UFO with my daughters I find it clear and simple, which is good for a children's book. This is reading fluff. Kids will like it and enjoy it but at the end of the book they have gained nothing but perhaps a desire to read more - which certainly has value.

  • Rebecca Early
    2019-05-04 19:14

    This book is apart of a series. Many of the other books are like this one, they just have a different topic. This one in particular is about if there is a UFO. Whether or not to see if it's real, and who is in it. These books are great for children transitioning into chapter books.

  • Kaylan Nurse
    2019-05-13 01:15

    I loved when she wanted to rescue the kitty. Cam always has things up her sleeve in her mysteries. She strategies to get the kitten to come down from the branch. I also think that students could take great strategizing ideas from this story in order to work things out.

  • Karol
    2019-05-10 19:20

    I might've given this a 4 1/2, but only because I found Cam's saying "click" a little annoying. My son loved this book. Good story, and very interesting to the young and young at heart. It also shows that cheating to win a contest doesn't work!

  • Jacquelyn Suegay
    2019-05-10 17:35

    The book was interesting. It really made me want to finish the book because I couldn't wait to find out what happened at the end. Luckily it wasn't a U.F.O.It was just some kids.It was a great story.

  • Deborah Harris
    2019-05-02 18:38

    AR Quiz No. 14661 EN FictionAccelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 3.4 - AR Pts: 1.0Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP

  • Ratforcekids
    2019-05-10 18:32

    The Cam Jansen mystery series could be a hit with your Magic Tree House lover. It's and easier chapter book series that could be read together.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-02 21:19

    My 2nd graders LOVED this! We'll definitely read more Cam.

  • Kaytee
    2019-04-30 20:31

    it was ok

  • rivka
    2019-05-20 01:40

    The first Cam Jansen book I read, but definitely not the last. The series is great for kids, especially girls.