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Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Child
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hey, buster! Crack open this new series starring Ruby Redfort - Clarice Bean's favorite all-action heroine - and you will literally be on the edge of your wits. Everyone knows that Clarice Bean is exceptionordinarily keen on the Ruby Redfort books. Now in her own starring role, Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for a secret crime-busting organization called Spectrum. Ruby gets into lots of scrapes with evil villains, but she's always ice-cool in a crisis. Just take a classic screwball comedy, add heaps of breathtaking action, and multiply it by Lauren Child's writing genius, and what have you got? Only the most exciting new middle-grade series since, like, ever.


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"The new Ruby Redfort book is utterly exceptionordinarily brilliant" - Clarice Bean "Lauren Child has put imagination and fun back into the real worlds of childhood." - Julia Eccleshare, Guardian "Lauren Child is a publishing phenomenon" - Observer Magazine "Lauren Child is so good it's exhilarating" - The Independent

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"The new Ruby Redfort book is utterly exceptionordinarily brilliant" -- Clarice Bean "Lauren Child has put imagination and fun back into the real worlds of childhood." -- Julia Eccleshare, Guardian "Lauren Child is a publishing phenomenon" -- Observer Magazine "Lauren Child is so good it's exhilarating" -- The Independent.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1081 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0763651206
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EW6YP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging high-end middle grade mystery September 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover
First off, this book seems to be for an older crowd than the Clarice Bean readers. Younger kids might read this and enjoy it, but a lot of the humor and style seems to be aimed a little higher.

Ruby is a remarkably strong and well-developed character. There is a certain amount of that 13 year old snark that is more or less required in this type of book, but Ruby's 13-ness has some personality and originality, and is not at all just standard issue teen kvetching. It's hard to have a teen heroine who is a wiseacre and yet still is engaging, but Child pulls off this balancing act. Right there the book won me over. Even when there is the occasional false note, (sometimes Ruby can sound too adult or a little too smart mouth), the book immediately breezes on to a more appealing scene.

Parents are standard issue lame, but Lauren Child makes them so hilariously and disastrously clueless that they actually become engaging characters in their own right, instead of just annoying afterthoughts. (Think of Bertie Wooster types as parents.)

Ruby's sidekick, Clancy Crew, (Nancy Drew?), is funny and sharp and loyal, and so works as an interesting second banana, not just a dopey foil.

The whole framing story - that Ruby is a super observant, super dedicated detective/code breaker - sets up nicely and works just fine. There's espionage and cryptograms and close calls and escapes and villains, but it's not the plot, it's the personable and engaging Ruby, that keeps the book going.

So, here's my bottom line. Everything in this book is just a bit, (or a lot), better than the usual. There are sarcastic observations about school, but more perceptive and funnier than usual. There are amusing thoughts about friends, and clothes, and parents, but more acute and engaging. It's all just sharper, hipper, more distinctive, more creative, and more original than other similarly targeted books. Seems to me that's about the best you could ask for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Middle Grade Mystery September 25, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes is a quirky and amusing middle-grade mystery. Our main character is a thirteen year old girl named Ruby Redfort, who is well practiced in the art of being a detective, despite her young age. A new household manager a.k.a. butler named Hitch shows up, and Ruby discovers Spectrum, a secret agency. There seems to be a plot to steal the large shipment of gold coming to the bank. But not everything is what it seems...

Ruby Redfort was written in a sort of hard-boiled detective manner, which was very amusing, as Ruby is just 13 years old. The mystery was suspenseful, and I wasn't sure who was behind it until the very end. There's a lot going on in this book, which I got from Candlewick Press.

I liked Ruby's character; she was smart, cheeky, and (mostly) on top of things. And all the descriptions of super-cool gadgets were amazing (oh, how I would love to have some of those!) I would definitely recommend this mystery.

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby Redfort is a great book November 12, 2011
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
Ruby Redfort is an AWESOME book because it is very catchy, once you start you can't stop.
My mum would tell me off for staying up and reading it too late, I would tell my mum "I will finish the chapter" but sometimes I forget and read on, that's how great it is!
My favorite part is when Ruby Redfort gets the secret code from Lopze's compact.
Its the best book I've read so far and I've read a lot of books, I really hope for the next book in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book June 3, 2012
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
I read the book in about two weeks. During those two weeks, that was the only book that I read, and I read it at every opportunity. Lauren CHild is one of my favorite authors, next to Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins. If you liked Ruby Redfort, then you should also read the Clarice Bean trilogy by Lauren Child. This is where you first become introduced to Ruby by Clarice Bean and her best friend Betty Moody. In Clarice Bean, Utterly Me, you learn about the fantastic series of books starting with A Girl Called Ruby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child January 6, 2013
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book coz I have so much in common with the character- Ruby Redfort. When i saw this book at the shop, i thought, "Oh man, i really wanna find out what this kid does for a living. Like, i mean, i wonder if she is a spy or if she's just got a weird family. I really liked this book, and i didn't want to put it down. It's so good that i read it in less than 12 hours. i cant wait to read the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! April 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
My daughter's friend recommended this book to her, so my daughter checked it out of the library. She told me it was worth the read, though a little child-ish (but she's 11 and has read Little Women, so...). I read it, and thought it was AMAZING! I even told my daughter to check out the second one so that I could read it :)

Anyway, I ABSOLUTELY recommend it to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sofia's Review on Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes! October 14, 2013
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
When I read Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now, Ruby Redfort was initially introduced. I thought, I'd like to know more about Ruby Redfort. And I got to by reading Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes! This review is going to be in two parts: a book summary, and what I thought about it.

SUMMARY: Ruby Redfort is a genius code breaker who is ahead of her schoolmates. So when she receives a suspicious phone call from an anonymous person and an odd butler named Hitch appears at the Redfort's front door, things get a little crazy. The caller talked in riddles that Ruby had to make sense out of. Hitch turns out to be an agent working at an agency called Spectrum only known to the agents that work there. Ruby gets asked to join Spectrum by the mysterious phone caller, LB, and an adventure awaits. She gets to work at Spectrum for a while but not as an agent. But when Ruby uncovers shocking plans of the Fool's Gold Gang associated with the arrival of the valuable Jade Buddha, it's up to her to crack the case. Can she? You can bet on it, buster.

As I read the book I was very intrigued by the imagery and the exciting twists and turns. You could keep on guessing but unless if you were an utter genius like Ruby, it was very difficult to solve the mystery as you read. While reading, I was given a feel for Ruby and her personality. You could tell that she was excellent in French and that she didn't really put much thought in her fashion by inferring or just by reading. Look Into My Eyes was one of those books where if you didn't read carefully or paid close attention to what was happening, you would not understand significant parts of it. I can relate to Ruby in a way. We both enjoy solving mysteries. The two of us are very intelligent for our age.

You can't put this down if you tried.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG I love this book!!!
Oh my gosh this book was the best book I have ever read!!!!!! So much adventure mystery and funny even at some points!!
Published 2 days ago by S. williams
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
My granddaughter loves this book.
Published 1 month ago by Donna Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for smart girls
My daughter loved it. She's seven, so we read together. I must say I loved it too. Would recommend for children and adults.
Published 3 months ago by Daniela Cunha
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!
I love the ruby Redford book's and I can't wait to read the next one! This book is one of the best I have ever read ! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Premysl Starovesky
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby redfort
Awesome love it sooooo much. I love all of the action, I wish I had a watch like ruby. She is amazing
Published 8 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars A kids review
Ruby redfort look into my eyes is an amazing book with edge of your seat drama. Though at times suspeceful, this os a great book that Ihighly reccomend
Published 8 months ago by Myra
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER DUPER GREAT!!!
This book was SO amazing! I loved every single word of it. It was very suspenseful and intriguing! I loved it! This is one of the best books I've ever read! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jan Roberts-Haydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery, puzzling, and fun!!!
Ruby Redfort look into my eyes is a great mystery! I couldn't wait to see what was on the next page! I didn't know what was going to happen! It was so suspenseful! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sarah Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars a likeable story with a likeable heroine
This isn’t a book you will read fast, more of a trudge through; it’s also not flying off the library’s shelves. Don’t get me wrong, it’s enjoyable, just not bewitching. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Deborah Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I loved this book! It is like a Nancy Drew, but more modern and at kid level, because Ruby is a kid of 13. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Team LitPick
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Lauren Child is the multi-talented prize-winning creator of the characters Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Hubert Horatio Bobton-Trent. She has won the Smarties Gold Award, Smarties Bronze Award, Kate Greenaway Medal and been shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Lauren lives in London.




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