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What happened to Little Treasure?
“She’s wrong,” Eric whispered. “I’m sure no one stole her dog. It just ran off.”
“We’re just lucky we’re on a boat,” Eric went on. “Little Treasure could not have gone very far. ”
Cam opened her eyes.
She told Eric, “When we first saw her on the boat, she had her dog. Then, after she went to see the fireboat, it was gone. Someone in that crowd stole Little Treasure.”
“That’s silly,” Eric said. “No one would steal a dog.”
Cam shook her head and told Eric, “That woman looks rich. I think someone took Little Treasure and plans to send a note.
I have your dog. If you want her back, you’ll have to pay a ransom, a lot of money.”
The Cam Jansen Adventure Series
#1 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds
#2 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O.
#3 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
#4 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog
#5 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins
#6 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball
#7 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown
#8 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie
#9 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize
#10 Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Monkey House
#11 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper
#12 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54
#13 Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House
#14 Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery
#15 Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery
#16 Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery
#17 Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery
#18 Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery
#19 Cam Jansen and the Barking Treasure Mystery
#20 Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery
#21 Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery
#22 Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery
#23 Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery
#24 Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day Mystery
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE YOUNG CAM JANSEN SERIES FOR YOUNGER READERS!
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Text copyright © David A. Adler, 1999
Illustrations copyright © Susanna Natti, 1999
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THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS CATALOGED THE VIKING EDITION AS FOLLOWS:
Adler, David A.
Cam Jansen and the barking treasure mystery / David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna
p. cm.—(The Cam Jansen series ; 19)
Summary: When a woman’s poodle disappears during a boat ride around the city, Cam
uses her photographic memory to solve the mystery.
eISBN : 978-1-101-07601-9
[1. Dogs—Fiction. 2. Boats and boating—Fiction. 3. Mysteries and detective stories.]
I. Natti, Susanna, ill. II. Title. III. Series: Adler, David A. Cam Jansen adventure; 19.
98-52517 CIP AC
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he frog,” Mabel Trent said, and laughed. “Do you remember the frog?”
Mrs. Shelton laughed, too. “Of course I remember it. It jumped out of your desk and scared Miss Donovan.”
“Poor Miss Donovan,” Mabel Trent said. “She dropped her books and yelled at the frog, ‘Get out of my class!”’
Mrs. Shelton laughed. “And you put cream cheese in Mr. Casper’s jar of white paint,” she said. “You sure did some crazy things.”
Cam Jansen whispered to her friend Eric Shelton, “She must have gotten into lots of trouble in school.”
“Mom wouldn’t laugh if I did those things,” Eric said. “She would punish me.”
When Mabel Trent was in sixth grade, her family had moved far away. But she and Eric’s mother were still good friends. Now she was visiting the Sheltons. They were waiting in line for a boat ride around the city.
“Look,” Eric said. He pointed to a sign. It listed the sights they would see on the ride and the rules for passengers. “Near the end of the ride, we see a pirate ship that is 200 years old.”
“I want to remember this list,” Cam said. Then she blinked her eyes and said, “Click.”
Cam has an amazing photographic memory. It’s as if she has a camera in her head, with photographs of whatever she has seen. Cam says
whenever she wants to remember something. She says it’s the sound her mental camera makes.
Cam’s real name is Jennifer. But when people found out about her amazing memory, they called her “The Camera.” Soon “The Camera” became just “Cam.”
Mrs. Shelton bought four tickets. Then they waited in line to go on the boat.
“You’ll love this ride, Little Treasure,” the woman in front of them told the small gray poodle in her arms. Then she told the short, bald man in front of her, “I call her Little Treasure because that’s what she is.”
The woman was wearing a long red dress and lots of expensive jewelry. She carried a large, red leather bag. Little Treasure’s collar was red and had jewels in it.
Cam closed her eyes and said,
“What are you doing?” Eric asked.
“I’m looking at the picture I have of that sign,” Cam whispered, with her eyes still closed. “And rule number six says, ‘No animals allowed.”’
Cam opened her eyes and said, “They won’t allow Little Treasure on board.”
The line moved forward. A man in a sailor uniform was taking tickets.
“I’m sorry,” he told the woman in the red dress, “but animals are not allowed.”
“This is not an animal,” she said. “She’s my Little Treasure.”
“Well, she looks like a dog and dogs are not allowed.” Then he said, “Next.”
Mrs. Shelton gave him the tickets. Then she, Mabel Trent, Cam, and Eric walked onto the deck of the boat.
There were benches outside, along the rail of the deck. There was a covered area, too, with seats and a snack bar.
The boat was crowded. Most of the seats were taken.
“Please, could you move down,” Mabel Trent asked a thin man with a bushy beard. He was sitting on a bench by the rail.