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

Cam Jansen returns in this, her third mystery!

The Story.

Cam Jansen and her friend, Eric Shelton, are excited to be visiting the Kurt Daub Museum. It’s not their first trip there, but every trip is exciting – and the best part of all is the dinosaur exhibit! But as Cam studies the fossil of a Coelophysis, she realizes that something is wrong – some of the bones are missing!

Can Cam find the bones before they are used for some ill purpose?

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”.

In this particular story, Cam and Eric match their wits with a pair of fossil thieves. Although in one scene they attempt to stay in a museum after its closing time, they are caught and no other misbehavior occurs.

Conclusion. Super, super simple – readers of this age would probably prefer the TCDC series.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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