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No, I'm not talking about the beloved breakfast treat.  Though a slice of buttered goodness paired with scrambled eggs and bacon does sound delicious right about now.  Mmmmmm.  (Snap out of it, Katie Jane!  Focus on the real point of this blog!)  Right.  This blog.  This blog about the second title in James Ponti's T.O.A.S.T. series.

Vanished! by James Ponti (August 22, 2017)
A rash of pranks at an exclusive private school leads two young detectives all the way to the White House.Ponti positively shovels clues, secrets, coded messages, potential suspects, red herrings, distractions, and side mysteries, not to mention dazzling feats of deduction, into this second caper featuring white middle school sleuth Florian "Young Sherlock" Bates, his tough-minded and often equally acute BF Margaret, and their FBI supervisor, Marcus (both of the latter African-American). Posing as transfer students and enjoined to identify the culprit as circumspectly as possible, Florian and Margaret find their work cut out for them as not only does the school's headmaster have something to hide, but Lucy Mays, a white girl and the daughter of the president of the U.S., and also widely renowned Chinese musical prodigy Yin Yae are on the list of potential suspects. The stakes rise sky high when Yin vanishes partway through a performance at the Kennedy Center. Is it another prank? A kidnapping? Or is he defecting, with—a diplomatic disaster in the making—Lucy's help? As in Framed! (2016), fast brain- and footwork saves the day at the last moment, but watching Florian wow everyone, including Lucy's dad, with Holmes-style connecting of dots along the way is just as satisfying. A splendid whodunit: cerebral, exhilarating, low in violence, methodical in construction, and occasionally hilarious. (from Kirkus Reviews) 

This list was curated by Edutopia, the George Lucas Educational Foundation.  Eclipse Day seems a perfect day to promote it on our blog!

K-3rd Grade
Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang

Grades 4-6
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Grades 7-8
Radioactive! How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Grades 9-12
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly