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Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes (Book #1) Hardcover – March 27, 2012

Book 1 of 4 in the Ruby Redfort Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ruby Redfort (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition (1 in numberline) edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763651206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763651206
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this funny and action-packed first installment of an adventure series from Child, Ruby (who Child’s fans will recognize as her character Clarice Bean’s favorite fictional heroine) quickly becomes bored with her first Spectrum assignment, poring over the files of a code-breaking agent who met an untimely demise. With the help of her sidekick/classmate Clancy Crew, she ventures out from her well-hidden office into more dangerous territory... Child’s sardonic narration will grab readers from the get-go, and puzzles laced throughout will intrigue those who share Ruby’s passion for solving mysteries.
—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.
—Booklist

About the Author

Lauren Child burst onto the children's book scene in 1999 and has since published many best-selling and award-winning books, including the hugely popular Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean series. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Her books have been made into an award-winning TV series and have sold in many languages with runaway success. Lauren Child lives in London.

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We have several of her books, love her writing style, Highly recommend for girls and tweens.
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I loved this book because it kept me on the edge of my seat and i couldnt put it down!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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 By Black Plum on 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 A Kid's Review on November 12, 2011
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 A Kid's Review on June 3, 2012
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 A Kid's Review on January 6, 2013
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 By K Morrissey on 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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A Kid's Review on October 14, 2013
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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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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