Cam Jansen Series

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Fifth-grader with photographic memory solves fun mysteries.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

There's a lot to learn in these mysteries, and not just academics or trivia. This series teaches readers to use logic, to organize their thoughts, and think things through before forming an opinion.

Positive Messages

Cam and Eric always try to do the right thing, and step in to help whenever they can. They use their sleuthing skills and good humor, and they never give up.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the adults around Cam and her friends are kind, happy, and positive, and they all take the kids' insights seriously, but there isn't a lot of diversity in Cam's world.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that David A. Adler's Cam Jansen series is a collection of lighthearted mysteries for readers just starting to enjoy longer chapter books. Fifth-grader Cam and her friend Eric use the clues around them to sleuth and solve, and to help people. The focus is on solving crimes, and no one in the books cares about the perpetrators or why they are such scoundrels. These formulaic books have simple sentences without challenging vocabulary, and are all about Cam Jansen and her amazing memory having fun while solving mysteries.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKgrabow3 August 29, 2020

You can’t go wrong with Cam Jansen

My daughter started reading Cam Jansen books in 2nd grade. She is almost 10 now and still loves them.
Teen, 13 years old Written byM. M. R. May 17, 2019


I remember reading the first book in Kindergarten for homework one day and then fell in love with the series. It just popped into my head recently and so insta... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 31, 2018

It's okay...

It's just fine, I didn't really enjoy reading the book.

What's the story?

In the CAM JANSEN series, fifth-grader Cam puts her photographic memory to good use, solving mysteries with her best friend Eric. Both kids are willing to stop what they're doing to help out, whether it's finding valuable autographs that are missing, stopping a department store thief, or figuring out what a ghost is up to or why only certain people win a carnival coin toss. The stories are full of happy, helpful people in a small community, and after Cam and Eric solve each mystery, the police are called to arrest the suspect and the kids are rewarded.

Is it any good?

These stories are formulaic but fun and teach patience and logic. There are tons of clues along the way, and the pages are packed with details that may or may not be necessary to solve to mystery, which can make the stories a little muddled. While neither the sentences structure nor the vocabulary will stretch competent readers of chapter books, early readers will enjoy seeing Cam and Eric have fun with their families and friends, and encountering mysteries while doing normal things like going to basketball games and buying school supplies. This might might inspire young readers to be more attentive when they do the same.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how aware Cam Jansen is of her surroundings. Why is that important in everyday life?

  • Would it be hard not to be able to ignore your powers of observation, or do you think you'd enjoy being that aware all the time?

  • What other mystery series do you like and why?

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For kids who love mysteries and early reader books

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