Brilliant Mystery for Kids

Today I have a brilliant mystery for kids.  It shows the reader how the main character is able to discover clues about a scene and make accurate forecasts about what transpired.  The best part is that your child will learn the tools to make those same observations themselves.  Now your kids will have the ability to become keen detectives.

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Title: Framed!Framed brilliant mystery for kids

Author: James Ponti

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:

Florian has just moved to Washington DC with his parents, He is very observant and has developed a system with the acronym TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things. He believes that by observing the details, he can reveal a larger truth. When he shares this theory with his new friend Margaret, she is anxious to to learn. While Florian is amazing Margaret with his observations, they happen upon some information that turns out to be relevant to a big art heist. Suddenly Florian is working for the FBI and targeted by the Romanian mob. This is not exactly how he expected seventh grade to start.

Why I love this book:

  • Ok, I am a total fan of the whole Sherlock Holmes thing where someone can tell everything about you by simple observations. That is Florian in a nutshell. He takes a look at a person, picture or a scene and can suddenly come up with the most obvious conclusions that were missed by everyone else. How cool is that?
  • I loved the idea that TOAST is not some magical gift but the power of observation, so anyone can acquire the skill. Now I doubt many kids will get an offer to work for the FBI, but a superpower that kids can actual develop themselves is rather awesome. I can already imagine your kids making deductions about the folks around them after carefully watching the little things. You may not be able to get as much past them after they read this book.
  • There is lots of action in this story and the pace is good. I had a hard time putting it down.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like mystery and action. Reminded me a bit of Heist Society, but for a younger audience. Kids who like the whole idea of a caper such as Loot will like this one, and kids who like a younger detective such as Friday Barnes will also enjoy this book.

Final thoughts:

I loved James Ponti’s first series Dead City, but was utterly annoyed by his cliffhanger endings. I am so happy he actually solved the mystery in this one!

To purchase this book:

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