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Trapped!
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Trapped!
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"A top-shelf test of courage, friendship, and ingenuity." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Florian Bates—the only kid on the FBI Director's speed dial and several international criminals' most wanted lists—must save his friend from being framed for a crime he didn't commit in this hilarious third novel in the Framed! series.
Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time, well that's just crazy. But that doesn't stop Florian Bates! Along with his best friend, and Watson to his Sherlock, Margaret, Florian's making the case that kids can do anything.

When Florian and Margaret's FBI supervisor, Marcus Rivers, is accused of a crime, it's up to this mystery solving duo to jump into action and clear his name, because Marcus is more than their boss—he's family.

The case involves one of Marcus's first investigations for the FBI and a Russian spy ring. However, when the spy they are chasing learns what they're up to, the tables are turned, and Marcus finds himself implicated in a variety of crimes, including theft, corruption, and espionage. For Florian and Margaret, it just got personal. They're going to catch the spy and clear Marcus's name...even if they have to break into (and out of) the Library of Congress to do it.
"A top-shelf test of courage, friendship, and ingenuity." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Florian Bates—the only kid on the FBI Director's speed dial and several international criminals' most wanted lists—must save his friend from being framed for a crime he didn't commit in this hilarious third novel in the Framed! series.
Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time, well that's just crazy. But that doesn't stop Florian Bates! Along with his best friend, and Watson to his Sherlock, Margaret, Florian's making the case that kids can do anything.

When Florian and Margaret's FBI supervisor, Marcus Rivers, is accused of a crime, it's up to this mystery solving duo to jump into action and clear his name, because Marcus is more than their boss—he's family.

The case involves one of Marcus's first investigations for the FBI and a Russian spy ring. However, when the spy they are chasing learns what they're up to, the tables are turned, and Marcus finds himself implicated in a variety of crimes, including theft, corruption, and espionage. For Florian and Margaret, it just got personal. They're going to catch the spy and clear Marcus's name...even if they have to break into (and out of) the Library of Congress to do it.
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About the Author-
  • James Ponti was born in Italy, raised in Florida, and went to college in California. After receiving a degree in screenwriting from the USC Film School, he began a career writing and producing television shows for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike TV, History Channel, and Golf Channel. James loves writing, travel, and the Boston Red Sox. He lives with his family in Maitland, Florida.
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  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2018
    Seventh-grade sleuths visit their local libraries and unmask a Russian spy ring. When a chance discovery heats up a cold case, Florian and his associate, rival, and best friend, Margaret, follow their beloved FBI contact Special Agent Marcus Rivers as he revisits old Washington, D.C., sites and suspects--and then suddenly find themselves in a race against time to prove that evidence implicating Marcus in the espionage was planted. The investigation revolves around books and libraries, as all of the major suspects are current or former library workers (and, it turns out, the spies communicate with a complex but plausible code using Dewey Decimal numbers). Ponti does his homework with commendable thoroughness and, aside from the occasional infodump, presents creditable inside views of both local branch libraries and larger institutions including the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Library of Congress. Narrator Florian is white; thanks to a DNA test, African-American Margaret, who is adopted, discovers that she has both African and European antecedents, which triggers a short but thoughtful discussion of identity; and Marcus, African-American, leads a similarly diverse supporting cast. The pleasures of watching the young sherlocks once again deduce rings around the grown-ups (using a technique they call TOAST, for "Theory of All Small Things") are just as rich in this trilogy closer as they were in Volume 1.A top-shelf test of courage, friendship, and ingenuity. (Mystery. 11-13)

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