Title: The Mystery of the Circus ClownCam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Susanna Natti
Pages: 57
Reading Level: 7-8
Star Rating: ★★

Cam Jansen in her seventh adventure

The Story.

Cam Jansen and her friend, Eric Shelton are being given a fine treat by Cam’s Aunt Molly – they’re attending a circus! All is going well until Aunt Molly’s wallet disappears – a circumstance that is at once suspicious and completely normal (Aunt Molly’s memory is terrible!) However, when other women begin complaining that their purses and handbags are disappearing, Cam knows that a pickpocket is at work.

Can Cam and Eric capture the pickpocket either in the act or with the stolen goods still on him?

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 scene she captured with her mental “camera”.

I’ve now read two Cam Jansen stories. Although they have both been simplistic, I felt that the other (The Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball) was more cohesive. Although this one was a bit harder to solve, it wasn’t because it was better written. It was because it was more confusing, not more clever.

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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