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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: Mystery Ponti CHILD
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 08, 2020

"Framed!" is a mystery book about a boy named Florian Bates who is prone to notice very small and insignificant details. He calls this trait TOAST which means "the Theory Of All Small Things." Using TOAST, Florian Bates helped solve several mysteries, and even impressed the FBI who recruited him as a covert asset. Florian also meets a girl in the beginning of the book and goes on to become her best friend as well as teach her TOAST. The book had a great plot and I wish the book could have been bigger as I finished it rather quickly. I loved the topic of the book and also felt like I could relate more to the characters as they were around my age group. This book was very adventurous and I also liked the mystery of who the thief was and who else was involved in the heist. This book also taught me a few lessons. The first lesson was that you can never be too young to do anything. The second lesson was that you should always pay close attention to everything even though it may seem insignificant to you at the time. I would definitely recommend this book and the age group would be for all ages.

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.

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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