A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery

Book - 2016
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In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history.
Publisher: New York :, Aladdin,, 2016.
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481436304
Branch Call Number: J FIC PONT
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm.


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Dec 29, 2019

Great read!! I really enjoyed it. Not quality writing but the plot is intense. Plus Florian is like the CUTEST. NAME. EVER. XD

Jan 27, 2019

A solid mystery for kids. Great use of different thinking. This is an intellectual mystery along the lines of Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer.

I found the characters a little flat, and the main character could be a little too smug with TOAST sometimes, but the plot was strong enough that I kept going anyways. Some of the reveals were a little slow to come, though everything was resolved in the end.

Hand to kids who are past Boxcar Children and want a real mystery with depth. Also hand to kids who need a mystery for a school project and aren't intimidated by the slightly chunky size of the book.

Jan 02, 2019

I love mysteries and this one is so much fun! Florian and Margaret are the Sherlock and Watson -- middle school version. TOAST (Theory of All Small Things) is Florian's go-to method. Once he shares it with Margaret, they soon come to the attention of the FBI. Even seasoned agents realize that Florian has some major detective skills. Loved the twisty plot and the art museum component. Impossible to put down. Can't wait to read the second book in the series.

Did you luv Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys growing up? Are your kids obsessed with solving mysteries? Then James Ponti’s new junior sleuth series may be for you or for the chapter book reading children in your life. In “Framed” (2016), readers meet two young friends, Florian and Margaret, who are not only trying to navigate the perilous waters of middle school but also trying to help the FBI solve baffling, international crimes using ‘T.O.A.S.T’, their theory of all small things. These super smart seventh graders use T.O.A.S.T. to identify the small details that adults often overlook and to develop leads that will help them catch the criminal culprits. The first two books in this captivating series, “Framed” (2016) and “Vanished” (2017) are currently in our collection and we will acquire the third book “Trapped” (2018) in this ongoing series when it’s released in late September 2018. (Submitted by Andrea)

JCLChrisK Jul 13, 2018

A good mystery with excellent characters, both lead and side ones. They are interesting, engaging, and just flawed enough. The relationships between them are good, too, kids with the adults and especially the friendship between the two 7th grade protagonists.

Florian Bates has a Sherlock-Holmes-level ability to notice small details that add up to big conclusions. This leads to his happenstance involvement in a theft at the art gallery where his parents work, which draws the attention of the FBI. He ends up using his genius to consult with the agency on the case, involving him in far more adventure than anyone had anticipated.

Aug 04, 2017

This was a great book and I didn't want to bring it back to the library. It was full of mystery and twisters and completely pulled me into the story. I was really satisfied with this book and I'm waiting for the sequel to be open.


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