David A. Adler
author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers

Cam Jansen
Biographies
Holocaust Books
Andy Russell
Math Books

A moving picture book biography of the Yankee great and his courage.
We Remember The Holocaust (Holt, publisher) The Number on My Grandfather's Arm (UAHC Press, publisher) A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz and His Children (Holiday House, publisher) Child of the Warsaw Ghetto (Holiday House, publisher) Hiding From the Nazis (Holiday House, publisher)
An award winning picture book -- historical fiction
It's 1932. The Great Depression has made jobs scarce and money hard to come by. But life isn't terrible. America still loves baseball and two boys are about to discover that with some creativity, hard work, and a little help from the Babe himself, they can do their part to help out their own teams!
The story of the first woman to swim the English Channel
An award winning picture book biography
THE ANDY RUSSELL SERIES
Funny books for readers who have graduated from the Cam Jansens and other "First Chapter" books.
Books for young readers
Cam Jansen, the girl with the photographic memory, has been solving mysteries and helping children learn to love reading for almost twenty-five years.
Cam Jansen Teaching Guide by Dr. Donna Knoell, -- You may copy pages from this guide for use in your classrooms -- available free from Viking Puffin Books -- Juvenile Publicity -- 345 Hudson Street, Neww York, NY 1004



NEW for 2005: BONES and the CUPCAKE Mystery


David was a math teacher for many years.

David's first book, written while he was still teaching math, published by Random House in 1976, now out of print but scheduled to be reprinted in 2006 by Holiday House

David's autobiography written for children and available from Richard C. Owen Publishers, PO Box 585, Katonah, NY 10536

Recent Books


*THE BABE AND I
Adler, David A. Illus. by Widener, Terry. The Babe & I. Mar. 1999. 32p. Harcourt/​Gulliver, $16 (0-15-201378-4).

Ages 4-7. The team that created Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (1997) hits another one out of the park in a poignant tale set in the Bronx in 1932. The narrator knows he shouldn't be disappointed with his birthday gift of a dime because he is actually quite lucky--his father has a job. When he finds out that his father is actually unemployed and sells apples on the street, the boy keeps his father's secret and becomes a newsie to contribute to the family's earnings. On his friend Jacob's newspaper turf outside Yankee Stadium, the boy learns the ins and outs of the paper biz: hawking news of the Great Depression doesn't sell but news of Babe Ruth's home runs does. Because of the Bronx Bomber's heroics, the boy sells more papers than he imagined, and one day Ruth himself buys one, leaving a tip big enough to make a dream come true. "That year [the Yankees] were the best team in baseball," the protagonist reflects, adding that even better teams--the boy and the Babe, the boy and Jacob, and the boy and his father--were off the field, working to get his family through tough times. Filled with resonant themes, this nostalgic, heartwarming story about hard work and teamwork highlights heroes big and small. Widener's stylized illustrations are full of old-fashioned charm that reflects grand perspectives of city streets and Yankee Stadium. --Kathleen Squires

(Booklist/​March 15, 1999)

B. FRANKLIN, PRINTER


From Booklist
*Starred Review* Gr. 4-8. The title of this lively biography refers to the epitaph Franklin wrote for himself as a young man. In no way does it limit the scope of Adler's subject, which surveys Benjamin Franklin's life as a printer, a scientist, an inventor, a writer, and a statesman. Adler discusses Franklin in the context of his times, offering insights into his personal life as well as his varied interests and his considerable contributions to his city and, later, his country. Throughout the book, details, anecdotes, and quotations bring the man's portrait into clearer focus, while period illustrations, facsimiles of documents, and excerpts from Franklin's The Pennsylvania Gazette help readers envision the background of his times. The excellent book design includes the use of a typeface favored by Franklin, which gives a period flavor while remaining quite readable. Back matter includes chronologies of Franklin's life and contemporary American history, unusually detailed and informative source notes, illustration credits, and annotated lists of recommended books and Web sites. An intriguing portrait of a many-faceted man. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

From School Library Journal
Grades 4-8--It is appropriate that a man who loved reading and established the first subscription library in America should be the subject of such a stellar book. From printer (his favorite title) to husband and father to scientist to military general to diplomat, "Le Grand Franklin" is hereby presented in all of his wise glory as well as in his humble pride. His incredible life flies by in a flurry of accomplishment, with readers hardly noticing the years passing, or that they are learning.

AMERICA'S CHAMPION SWIMMER: GERTRUDE EDERLE


The New York Times Book Review, Denise Grady
...captures the highlights of Ederle's life in evocative images and telling details that will appeal to children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist
Adler and Widener, who previously combined their talents in books about Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, turn to the distaff side of athletics for their latest subject. In simple, direct prose, Adler introduces Gertrude Ederle, known as Trudy to her friends, and describes her evolution as a swimmer. After Trudy almost drowned as a child, her father taught her to dog-paddle. As she grew older, she found that swimming was her talent, and beginning at age 15, she was winning competitions and breaking..

My Works

BONES and the Roller Coaster Mystery, Viking Press, 2009.

Why does a dollar bill have value? It's only paper! Holiday House, 2009.

If writing was like swimming...an interview with Bruce Black:

1) how do you get into the water each day?
The only way to get into the water is to jump in. Don't over think the process. Just jump in and write.

2) What keeps you afloat...for short work? For longer work?
I keep rereading what I've written and that takes me deeper and deeper into my story.

3) How do you keep swimming through dry spells?
How can there be dry spells in swimming? Being dry can only mean you stepped out of the water. If I get stuck working on one manuscript, I start or continue work on another. I find it helpful to work on more than one project at a time.

4) What's the hardest part of swimming?
The hardest part, I find, is discovering the voice for my story and that comes at the very beginning.

5) How do you overcome obstacles, problems, when swimming alone?
Writers always swim alone. I try not to put too much pressure on myself, not to demand a great first draft. But I keep rereading and rewriting until I'm satisfied.

6) What's the part of swimming that you love the most?
It's the swim I love, not the jumping in the water, and not the stepping out. I love the rewriting, just playing with my words. I feel somewhat sad to finish the final rewrite and have to send off a cherished manuscript.



***LET'S CELEBRATE!***
THIS IS CAM JANSEN'S
28TH ANNIVERSARY
----------1980 - 2008!-------
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Cam's Birthday is May 4th.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAM!



Mysteries for Young Readers
Mysteries for Young Readers
Young Cam Jansen Series
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/CHOCOLATE CHIP MYSTERY, 1996.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/DINOSAUR COUNT, 1996.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/LOST TOOTH, 1997.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/ICE SKATE MYSTERY, 1998.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/BASEBALL MYSTERY, 1999.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/PIZZA SHOP MYSTERY, 2000.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/LIBRARY MYSTERY, 2001.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/DOUBLE BEACH MYSTERY, 2002.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/ZOO NOTE MYSTERY, 2003.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/NEW GIRL MUSTERY, 2004.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/SUBSTITUTE MYSTERY, 2005
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/SPOTTED CAT MYSTERY, 2006.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/ LIONS' LUNCH MYSTERY, 2007.
YOUNG CAM JANSEN/ MOLLY SHOE MYSTERY, 2008.
BONES AND THE BIG YELLOW MYSTERY, 2004.
BONES AND THE DOG GONE MYSTERY, 2004.
BONES AND THE CUPCAKE MYSTERY 2005.
BONES AND THE DINOSAUR MYSTERY, 2005.
BONES AND THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY, 2006.
BONES AND THE MATH TEST MYSTERY, 2007.
BONES AND THE ROLLER COASTER MYSTERY, 2008.

Cam Jansen Series
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/STOLEN DIAMONDS, 1980.
CAM JANSEN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE UFO, 1980.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/DINOSAUR BONES, 1981.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/TELEVISION DOG, 1981.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/GOLD COINS, 1982.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/BABE RUTH BASEBALL, 1982.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/CIRCUS CLOWN, 1983.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/MONSTER MOVIE, 1984.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/CARNIVAL PRIZE, 1984.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/MONKEY HOUSE, 1985.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/STOLEN CORN POPPER, 1986.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/FLIGHT FIFTY-FOUR, 1989.
CAM JANSEN--MYSTERY/HAUNTED HOUSE, 1992.
CAM JANSEN--CHOCOLATE FUDGE MYSTERY, 1993.
CAM JANSEN--TRICERATOPS POPS MYSTERY, 1995.
CAM JANSEN/GHOSTLY MYSTERY, 1996.
CAM JANSEN/SCARY SNAKE MYSTERY, 1997.
CAM JANSEN/CATNAPPING MYSTERY, 1998.
CAM JANSEN/BARKING TREASURE MYSTERY, 1999.
CAM JANSEN/BIRTHDAY MYSTERY, 2000.
CAM JANSEN/SCHOOL PLAY MYSTERY, 2001.
CAM JANSEN/FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL MYSTERY, 2002.
CAM JANSEN/SCHOOL TROPHY MYSTERY, 2003.
CAM JANSEN/SNOWY DAY MYSTERY, 2004.
CAM JANSEN/VALENTINE BABY MYSTERY, 2005.
CAM JANSEN/SECRET SERVICE MYSTERY, 2006.
CAM JANSEN/MYSTERY WRITER MYSTERY, 2007.
CAM JANSEN/GREEN SCHOOL MYSTERY, 2008.
CAM JANSEN SUMMER CAMP MYSTERIES--A SUPER SPECIAL! 2007
CAM JANSEN SPORTS DAY MYSTERIES--A SUPER SPECIAL! 2009
THE CAM JANSEN FUN BOOK, 1992.
Other Viking Books
DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE WAR, 2008.
OUR GOLDA: THE STORY OF GOLDA MEIR, 1984.
EATON STANLEY AND THE MIND CONTROL EXPERIMENT, 1985.

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REVIEWS
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54
David A. Adler
Illustrated by Susannna Natti
The fifth-grade girl detective has to find a visiting French girl who doesn't speak a word of English and is lost in the airport. Using her photographic memory, Cam remembers seeing an older man who looked like the uncle whom the girl is to meet. Maybe she followed the wrong person. Readers will enjoy seeing Cam deduce the mystery while adults fluster around. Natti's line drawings, one to three per chapter, lighten the text and flesh out the characters in this twelfth entry of the "Cam Jansen" series. 1999 (orig. 1992), Puffin Chapters, Ages 7 to 10, $11.99 and $3.99. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
ISBN: 0-670-81841-0
ISBN: 0-14-130459-6
ISBN: 0-14-036104-9

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize
David A. Adler
Illustrations by Susanna Natti
Cam and her friends can't wait for the school carnival. This year her class is raising money to buy books for the school library. The children scope out all the cool rides and games as they walk through the gate to lock up their bikes. The Water Gun Shoot, the Boat Race, the Baseball Throw and even the Button Jar Guess made someone in the group a winner every time. The Dime Toss however, was impossible to win. Cam is sure there is something strange going on and is determined to figure out what it is. The mystery is revealed as the children go under cover to solve this case. This book is part of "The Cam Jansen Adventure Series" which offers a variety of action packed stories about a girl in the fifth grade and her classmates. Black and white illustrations highlight the excitement. 1999 (orig. 1992), Puffin Books, Ages 7 to 10, $3.99. Reviewer: Sharon Tolle
ISBN: 0-14-036022-0

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown
David A. Adler
Illustrated by Susanna Natti
While on a trip to see the circus with Aunt Molly, Cam and her friend Eric end up searching for a pickpocket. Aunt Molly is always losing things, but when they realize that she isn't the only one missing a wallet, Cam's photographic memory comes in handy. She's sure a clown is the culprit, but is it one of the circus clowns? Another enjoyable mystery in the "Cam Jansen Adventure" series-as with all of them, the heroine teaches children to pay attention to the details. 1998 (orig. 1983), Puffin, Ages 7 to 10, $12.99 and $3.99. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
ISBN: 0-670-20036-0
ISBN: 0-14-034897-2
ISBN: 0-14-130091-4

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
David A. Adler
Illustrations by Susanna Natti
"Cam" is short for "camera", a nickname earned because she has a photographic memory. On a field trip to the museum, Cam notes that the Coelophysis skeleton is missing three tailbones. No one believes her, but she and her friend Eric pedal off on their bicycles in an attempt to catch the crooks. The story is quickly paced, and the two friends involve the authorities rather than entirely taking matters into their own hands. The series certainly proves the value of paying close attention to detail; the clues that Cam uses are in the book, but I had to look back to see that they were there. 1997 (orig. 1981), Puffin, Ages 7 to 10, $13.99 and $3.99. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
ISBN: 0-670-20040-9
ISBN: 0-14-034674-0
ISBN: 0-14-038715-3

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins
David A. Adler
Illustrated by Susanna Natti
The twists and turns in this fast-paced chapter book keep the reader guessing as well as reading. Cam has built a box camera for the science fair, only to have it stolen. Fortunately, her camera-like memory has kept a record of the many events preceding the theft. If she can unravel the facts, she hopes, the camera will reappear. She does, of course, and the second mystery of some stolen coins is resolved at the same time. A solid story, brisk and on target for the age group. 1998 (orig. 1982), Puffin, Ages 7 to 10, $11.99 and $3.99. Reviewer: Janet Morgan Stoeke
ISBN: 0-670-20038-7
ISBN: 0-14-038954-7

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie
David A. Adler
Illustrated by Susanna Natti
In this reissue, another generation of kids will get to meet the intrepid and amazing Cam Jansen. This time the story takes place at a movie theater where the second reel of the Shoe Escape disappears. The major suspect is the owner of a competitive movie theater, but Cam with her photographic memory is able to deduce who the real thief is. Kids who dream of being detectives will enjoy the exploits of Cam and her friend Eric. Her very understanding and cooperative parents may be the only part that doesn't ring quite true. Part of the "Puffin Chapters" series. 1999 (orig. 1984), Puffin, Ages 7 to 10, $3.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
ISBN: 0-14-130460-X
ISBN: 0-440-41022-3
ISBN: 0-14-036021-2

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper
David A. Adler
Illustrated by Susanna Natti
The fifth-grade girl detective is shopping for school supplies when another customer discovers her shopping bag is missing. Cam and her friend Eric follow leads until they not only find the thief but discover what she is doing with what she steals. A quick and satisfying read, the book is well served by Natti's line drawings in this eleventh entry of the "Cam Jansen" series. 1999 (orig. 1986), Puffin Chapters, Ages 7 to 10, $3.99. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
ISBN: 0-14-130461-8
ISBN: 0-670-81118-1

Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery
David S. Adler
Illustrated by Susanna Natti
As in the other "Cam Jansen" series books for young readers, this brief chapter book capitalizes on Cam's expert photographic memory. Cam and her buddy stumble upon a mystery at a local mall music shop while in search of a Triceratops Pops CD. The two sleuths track down the criminal who stole the six CDs, and return the merchandise to the store. As a reward, the store owner grants them a few free CDs. Providing positive role models for young readers, this text features two strong child protagonists who solve a mystery with little adult assistance. Though neither text nor illustration is of outstanding quality, Adler makes the plot complex enough to offer several possible solutions to the problem, which keeps readers guessing. This book and others in the series provide entertaining mysteries for children who are beginning to read chapter books, which could spark an interest in other, more challenging mysteries. 1997 (orig. 1995), Viking, Ages 7 to 10, $12.99 and $3.99. Reviewer: Michelle H. Martin
ISBN: 0-670-86027-1
ISBN: 0-14-037512-0


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The Babe and I
"Adler and Widener score big -- their book reads like a labor of love." -- Publishers Weekly



"Adler has a near-miraculous ability to share an entire lifetime in a few words." -- School Library Journal review of A PICTURE BOOK OF DAVY CROCKETT.
"Lives of the characters unfold as stories."--Booklist review of A PICTURE BOOK OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.
"A fine addition to the notable series." -- Kirkus review of A PICTURE BOOK OF JACKIE ROBINSON.

Address for a free Cam Jansen Teacher's Guide and other classroom materials.
Address for fan letters and other correspondence.

For a free Cam Jansen teacher's guide (pages may be reproduced for classroom use) and other materials, please send a stamped, self-addressed 9" X 12" envelope (12 oz. -- $2.70) to David Adler--Cam Jansen
P.O. Box 66, Hewlett, NY 11557

Please, send fan mail and all other correspondence to David Adler, P.O. Box 66, Hewlett, NY 11557.
Please include a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope (42c)with all fan mail.


The Many Troubles of Andy Russell
There are five books now in the Andy Russell series. The first book, THE MANY TROUBLES OF ANDY RUSSELL, begins when Andy's gerbils get loose, seven them. This really happened in David Adler's house. Andy has other troubles, and he approaches them in his own unique way. Andy is based on a beloved member of David Adler's family.

LOU GEHRIG: THE LUCKIEST MAN
From Booklist
Gr. 3-5. Kids of today may not immediately recognize the name Lou Gehrig, but they will be immediately drawn into this picture book for older children about the "Iron Horse." Adler sets his narrative stage by telling readers that in 1903, Henry Ford sold his first auto, the Wright brothers took their first flight, and Lou Gehrig was born. Young Lou, who never missed a day of school, became a baseball player who never missed a game. Crisply and concisely, Adler covers the many high points of Gehrig's career, at the same time giving readers a real sense of the man and his shining spirit. Gehrig's illness and eventual death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are handled with dignity and in a way youngsters will understand. The picture-book format gets a lift here from Widener's impressive artwork. Reminiscent of WPA art with its rounded shapes and potent energy, these pictures project a zest for life on and off the playing field. The last spread, showing Yankee Stadium on the day of Gehrig's funeral, awash in rain, provides a silent but powerful ending to Gehrig's story.--Ilene Cooper



The Picture Book Biographies (Holiday House, publisher)


The Cam Jansen and Young Cam Jansen Mysteries (Viking/Penguin/Putnam, publisher)

Cam Jansen, the girl with the photographic memory, has been solving mysteries and helping children learn to love reading for almost twenty-five years.