The Cam Jansen Mystery Series: The Case of the Stolen Diamonds

by David Adler

The Cam Jansen Mysteries are a series of books following the exploits of a fifth-grade female detective named Jennifer “Cam” Jansen and her best friend Eric. Nicknamed Cam for her photographic memory, the protagonist closes her eyes and says “click” at various points in a story, mimicking the noise of a camera while memorizing a scene in front of her. She later recalls these scenes to aid in solving a mystery. The Cam Jansen character was based on an elementary school classmate of Adler’s who was believed to have a photographic memory.

The Cam books were innovative when the first in the series were published in 1980.  They were tailored to the reading abilities and interests of 7 – 10-year-old children.

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