What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Framed! by James Ponti

What the book’s about: Twelve-year-old Florian Bates has developed a system for using small things to solve life’s little problems. His Theory of All Small Things is extremely effective for figuring out where to get the best egg rolls and finding the best seat on the first day of school, but can Florian also use it to bring a ring of notorious art thieves to justice?

What The Ten-Year-Old learned from reading this book: “It’s really funny and a little crazy. It’s about a 12-year-old FBI cop who uses TOAST to solve crimes. TOAST is a Theory of All Small Things. Small things tie in to form a big picture and you can use the details to solve the big picture. I’ve started using TOAST myself. I figured out the lady at the dry cleaning place was married and I didn’t even ask her. Everyone can use TOAST to get a deeper understanding of the place that they are in.”

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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