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About the Author

Cam Janse author David AdlerGet to know David A. Adler, the author of more than 200 books for children, including the books in the popular Cam Jansen series!

Five fun facts about Mr. Adler:
1. He was born in New York City.
2. He has five brothers and sisters.
3. His middle name is Abraham.
4. He was a math teacher for nine years.
5. The character of Cam Jansen is based on an elementary school classmate who everyone thought had a photographic memory.

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David A. Adler
C/O Viking Children's Books
Penguin Books for Young Readers
345 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Read author David A. Adler's feature in Book Links on "Cam Jansen and the First Chapter Book Revolution" here!

Mr. Adler says:

"The idea to write a book about a girl with a photographic memory who solves mysteries came to me from a classmate of mine, a boy, in elementary school who was said to have such a memory. In fact, the first few drafts were not about a girl, but a boy with such a great memory and his nickname was not 'Cam,' short for the 'The Camera,' but the name of a famous camera company... My editor asked me to change Cam from a boy to a girl and I readily agreed. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, was inspired by experiences I had while caring for my infant son, Michael. It wasn't easy taking him for a walk. I needed to take so much along and that brought me to the clue and the great idea that became my very first Cam."

› Click here for a note to teachers from author David A. Adler

Check out these other fantastic books written by David A. Adler:

Bones book: Bones and the Clown Mix-Up Mystery (#8)

Detective Jeffrey Bones is having fun eating cake and watching a clown perform tricks at Not-Me Amy's birthday party. But when the clown can't find her street clothes at the end of the party, it's up to Bones to solve this Easy-to-Read mystery!

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Bones and the Birthday Mystery

Bones and his parents got Grandpa a special present for his birthday. But by the time they all make it to the party, the gift is gone. How could it have disappeared so quickly? Will detective Jeffrey Bones be able to solve the mystery and sing "Happy Birthday" to Grandpa?

Mr. Adler says: "Jeffrey Bones is that confident, clever part in each of us. He's fun and I love writing about him. This mystery is based on something that happened in my house, to me. I don't want to tell you what that was because that will give away the mystery, but as with all Bones mysteries, the clues are all there for the readers and for Jeffrey Bones. Readers, have fun trying to solve it before Jeffrey does, and have fun reading."

Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella

If you're a sports fan, you'll love Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella!

Don't Talk to Me About the War

Check out David A. Adler's first middle-grade novel, Don't Talk to Me About the War. Thirteen-year-old Tommy Duncan just wants to root for the Brooklyn Dodgers and listen to the radio. But it's 1940 and the world is changing...

Books 4 Boys

For more great books for boys, click here.

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