Cam Jansen #5: The Mystery of the Gold Coins

by David A. Adler

Paperback, 1991



Local notes

R Adl






Puffin (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 64 pages


While using her photographic memory to find her missing science fair project, Cam accidently locates two valuable gold coins.


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Physical description

64 p.; 7.6 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member AnnaLovesBooks
ISBN 0590200313 – New to Cam Jansen, I might be expecting more of the books than they can deliver. I really do enjoy them, and realize kids won’t necessarily nitpick the way I do.

Cam and Eric think someone has followed them on their way to school with their science fair projects. Shortly after
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they reach school, the camera Cam made disappears and the trail leads to a coin store that’s been robbed. Using her photographic memory and some skills of observation, Cam is on the trail to solving crimes even before anyone else knows they’ve happened.

I found it odd that the kids were on their way to school, which would sound like day time, and then chase a man into dark woods. It’s always nice to see that Cam and Eric always get the police involved, rather than chasing criminals alone. Illustrations by Susanna Natti continue to not impress me and I think the books could do without them, since the target audience is pretty well past the picture book age.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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LibraryThing member Bholcomb86
This book can be a useful reading assignment for elementary school students. Although it is a chapter book, the book uses general language and vocabulary that accomodates the reading abilities of elementary school students.

The book describes how Cam Jansen uses her detective skills to solve the
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mystery of the stolen gold coins. This is an excellent book for boys and girls who like to read about juvenile detectives. Students can follow the adventures of Cam Jansen and improve their reading skills.
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LibraryThing member kfrost32
This is a realistic fiction book that follows the young girl named Cam as she tries to solve the mystery of her missing camera and the gold coins. Now Cam isnt your ordinary girl, she has a photographic memory and can remember anything about a scene as long as she focuses on it and says "click". In
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this book we follow her as she uses her photographic memory to unfold the mystery to determine who robbed Mr. Collins and stole his gold coins.
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LibraryThing member jenniferm14
Cam unknowingly captures a photo with her homemade camera that someone doesn't want others to see. Little does the mysterious man know, Cam has a photographic memory. Will Cam and her friend be able to help solve the robbery of the gold coins? This realistic fiction is appropriate for intermediate
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LibraryThing member NMiller22
When Cam's grandparents are robbed on their way to her parents' surprise birthday party, Cam uses her photographic memory to solve the mystery. Book #20
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Fifth-grade sleuth Cam Jansen and her best friend Eric Shelton return in this fifth chapter-book devoted to their mysterious adventures, this time confronting the theft of Cam's science fair project. A homemade camera that she used to take a picture of Eric, together with his sundial project, it is
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stolen by the very man Cam saw coming out of a coin shop, earlier in the day. It doesn't take long for her to realize that the man may have been behind more than just the theft of her project...

As an adult reader, there really isn't much to Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins, as the solution to the puzzle is evident almost before the characters discover anything amiss. That said, I recall reading this series as a young girl - perhaps in the third grade? - and finding it quite engrossing, so younger readers will most likely find it suspenseful. I enjoyed Cam's can-do attitude, and her enthusiastic pursuit of answers, and think that today's beginning chapter-book readers will feel the same.
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