James Ponti has written a wonderful mystery in his book Framed!.
Florian Bates has lived all over the world and has recently moved to Washington DC. Right away he makes a new friend, Margaret and he teaches her his technique for solving life's little mysteries, TOAST. TOAST is Theory of All Small Things, Florian is able to put together all the small things and figure out the big things. He is able to figure out people like where they are going, where they have been, hobbies and even relationship statuses. As he and Margaret practice their TOAST skills they are pulled into a FBI case of finding who stole art from the National Gallery of Art. Florian becomes a secret asset for the FBI because of his TOAST skills. The FBI cannot believe how quickly Florian can figure out things about people and they are sure he will be able to help them with this case. Soon Florian is being kidnapped by who he believes is the Romania Mafia. Too bad he didn't pay close attention while learning about escaping from being kidnapped during his FBI training. Good thing he has other ways of getting help when needed. Will he escape and be able to finally put all the small pieces together and figure out the mastermind behind this heist?
Florian is living quite the exciting life as a seventh grader. I think any middle grade student will love this book and will look forward to reading other Florian and Margaret adventures. You might find yourself trying out the TOAST technique too.
One of the reasons I loved this book is because Florian reminds me of Shawn Spencer from the USA series Psych. If you were a fan of Psych you will enjoy this book.
Happy Daily Reading