Ponti, James. Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery. Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin 2016 292p $16.99 ISBN 978-1-4814-3630-4 Mystery/Detective elem/ms Mystery VG
Florian Bates is a middle-schooler who observes small things that go unnoticed by others. He has developed a technique called T.O.A.S.T. (Theory of All Things Small) that he uses to solve life’s little mysteries. He uses this technique in his small world, only to discover it has broader connections to the adult criminal world.
The two characters, Florian and his friend Mary, are dynamic and strong representatives of their genders. The story itself moves quickly, presenting the plot in an easily understood and anticipated manner. Readers won’t want to put it down until they finish it. Readers will also be clamoring for the next episode in the lives of these two sleuths.
Summary: Florian Bates is the only middle-schooler on the FBI director’s speed dial, as well as the hit list of some international criminals. This is Book One in a new middle-grade mystery series.
Mystery-Fiction --Linda McNeil