Title: The Mystery of the Babe Ruth BaseballCam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Susanna Natti
Pages: 57
Reading Level: 7-8
Star Rating: ★★★

I’d never heard of Cam Jansen before until I ran into this, the sixth installment in her adventures.

The Story.

Cam Jansen and her friend, Eric Shelton are eager to attend the local hobby show. So many interesting crafts are on display! There are needlepoint pillows, old posters, toys, and best of all, a whole table about Babe Ruth. The booth even features a baseball signed by the famous slugger!

When the baseball is stolen, Cam and Eric know that they must track down the thief quickly. But who could it be?

Discussion.

Cam Jansen doesn’t used deductive reasoning to help her solve her cases. And she doesn’t spend all of her time tracking down clues, either. No, Cam Jansen is a unique detective who solves her cases through the use of her photographic memory. Any time Cam wants to remember a scene, she just says “Click.”, closes her eyes, and has a perfect mental image of the what she captured with her mental “camera”.

This case was nothing special – I figured it out about thirty pages before Cam did, which is notable considering that the entire book was only 57 pages. I appreciated that there wasn’t really any fighting between the children (unlike Encyclopedia Brown which always features shouting matches), and the fact that the children didn’t do impossible-esque things.

Conclusion. Okay – if you’re looking for a filler mystery series for your children, you could do worse. (You could also do better with The Boxcar Children.)

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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