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I got this book for my 4'th grader because of her love for mystery. She did a report on this book for school on a similar series and loves this kind of lecture. Like you probably heard before, it's important to encourage your child to read books they are interested in, if you want them to enjoy reading, Then they will explore outside their current interest. It keeps them reading, and that's a good benefit.
My 7 year old daughter loves these books - they are chapter books but still have pictures. I love them because, unlike Junie B. Jones (another young reader series), Cam Jansen is not disrespectful and has a lot of good values to emulate.
My 6 1/2 year old son needed to read 5 books over this summer before entering into 2nd grade. I had him select two books from the teacher's "advanced reader" list to start. This was one of them and he did need some adult help. He enjoyed the book.