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Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes (Book #1) Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The detective-heroine of RUBY REDFORT LOOK INTO MY EYES may be small for 13, but she's a prodigy: brilliant, tenacious and observant to an almost Sherlockian degree... As Ruby and her best friend, Clancy Crew (no relation to Nancy Drew, surely) dash about following hunches, they're drawn into a whirl of comedy and menace, espionage and cryptograms, naive townspeople and baleful baddies... Ms. Child's appealing wiseacre tone keeps the mood buoyant throughout, even when it looks as if Ruby herself may be . . . toast.
—The Wall Street Journal
Readers familiar with Child’s Clarice Bean chapter books will be delighted to see Clarice’s mystery- solving hero, Ruby Redfort, star in her own book, a delightful homage to Louise Fitzhugh’s classic HARRIET THE SPY (1964)... This series opener shows much promise, with a swift pace, clever dialogue, and many codes and puzzles scattered throughout. Bold graphics, well-placed chapter breaks, and just enough irony will appeal to middle school readers who grew up with Clarice Bean. Child’s light, bright wit is in fine form here.
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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.
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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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.
Anyway, I ABSOLUTELY recommend it to anyone!
We found out about the series from a teacher friend- whose own daughters enjoyed them. (Purchase #1)
Loved it so much we bought a .1 cent "like new" copy for her classroom (#2)
Another for a cousin's BD who loves mystery/action books - who also loves it and is waiting to get book 2. (#3.)
The main character, Ruby Redfort, is a smart, sassy girl who is recruited as a "code cracker" into a secret spy organization. Her best friend, Clancy, is as loyal as can be, and her family/household staff are extremely devoted to her - and she to them. With Ruby being in middle school, there are a few other kids in the book. Minor characters but clearly defined.
My daughter is 11, in the 6th grade. She is a voracious reader. She's gone through Harry Potter a couple of times, The Fablehaven Seiries, The Beyonders, The various Rick Riordian adventures, The Leventhump Series and plenty of the classics along the way. The Ruby Redfort Series has been a delightfully bright spot in her reading journey. We both read the book. Both loved it! For MY part, I found myself laughing out loud at her wry wit and being very touched by the lessons she was learning on the way. My favorite things? The author has a strong, smart female in the lead here, using her brain and her wits to solve the problems that come her way. BUT - this isn't a book about a girl with heavy emotions or trials that lay ahead. It's about a really smart kid who thinks on her feet, making things up as she goes if needed. The fact that she's a girl doesn't really factor into the equation. (A good dose of Hermione Granger, mixed with Ferris Bueller, perhaps?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very entretaining and very funny .My favourite character was the buttlerPublished 2 months ago by Roberto Gallardo
Actually an awesome story, but completely let down by the binding - pages fell out every time we turned the page, leaving us with a pile of loose pages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rose
Great Book! definitely would recommend it to others looking for a good book that keeps you in your toes jPublished 3 months ago
Loved the book has a great plot and everyone should read this wonderful book about discovering yourself and saving the worldPublished 4 months ago by Peter
My 13 year old daughter read and reviewed this: Ruby Redford's 'Look into My Eyes' is a really cool book but they use slang like 'gotta' and 'gonna' a lot which is a bit... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alisan
The narrator has a distinctive husky voice. When reading dialogue her voice becomes raspy to the point of being bothersome. Read morePublished 7 months ago by milkman