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Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Child
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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


"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
  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,444 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
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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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
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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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
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 My Daughter Said , "I Loved It." December 5, 2012
My 10 year old daughter read this book. She says, "it was brilliantly written with suspense and humor," and she can't wait for the sequeal to be released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Middle Grade Mystery September 25, 2012
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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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
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had Potential May 27, 2013
By Hannah
This book is about a 13 year old, supposed genius, girl who is recruited to help a secret agency stop a theft.
I didn't find her a genius, though that isn't much of an issue. The plot was not bad, it just wasn't as fast moving as I was used to. The issues I have with this book: her parents and her accidental stealing.
Her parents were not intelligent, as stated in the book. They were kind, caring and rich, but not intelligent. Her parents were not portrayed well, and she fully kept what she was doing from them by continuous lies. I understand the reason was because it was a secret agency, but it didn't reflect well on Ruby.
She stole from the agency. Not on purpose, but she did. The agency did know about it, but as Ruby didn't know that they knew, that fact doesn't matter. She stole a watch out of a guarded agency room that she was touring. She messed with it been though she had been told not to. She ended up leaving the room with it on because she couldn't put it back without being noticed. She then tried to return it by breaking into the room, and ended up stealing something else. I wouldn't have been upset about the stealing if she had been punished for it, but she wasn't. The watch saved her life, therefore she was rewarded for her theft.
Her speech pattern was neither good nor bad, it was just incredibly modern. It bothered me in the beginning, though simply because I wasn't used to it.
I am not completely set against this book, I did enjoy it, it is simply just not one I would read again. I do plan on reading the next one, though the main reason is because I enjoy the other characters in the story, especially the villains. I just do not like the main protagonist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 days ago by Jan Roberts-Haydon
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
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 more
Published 16 days ago by K Morrissey
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Team LitPick
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery
This was a joy to read at the same time my ten-year-old grandson was reading it. I loved it. Couldn't put it down. I am really hoping there will be a third Ruby Redfort book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK IN HISTORY IT SHOULD BE A MOVIE!!!!!!!

OK WAS AMAZING. I was drawn into this book since page 1 IT SHOULD BECOME A MOVIE!!!! BRAVO
Published 2 months ago by Gianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Witty and smart characters with a storyline that is fast-paced and full of fun. My 9 year old loved it... so did my 5 year old.
Published 2 months ago by B. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lauren Child
We have several of her books, love her writing style, Highly recommend for girls and tweens. Great gift for the avid reader.
Published 5 months ago by WonderWoman115
5.0 out of 5 stars bnm
I loved this book because it kept me on the edge of my seat and i couldnt put it down!! this book is amazing
Published 6 months ago by Mackenzie English
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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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