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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.
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 ›
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
AWESOME! I am at a loss of words, most detective stories are very dull and are only about murders and random mysteries. Ruby Redfort takes it to a whole new level! Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kiran Chari
We LOVE the Clarice Bean series so much that we were excited to try Ruby. Sadly, it's not a hit for us. We're hoping for more Clarice Bean's from Lauren Child!Published 2 months ago by Pilar S. DeMann
Clever, funny, and wonderfully unique. Jump into what promises to be only the first of many fast-paced and hilarious adventures alongside the tenacious Ruby Redfort. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kelsey McAtee
5 stars! it is such a great book that keeps you on the end of your seat! i highly recommend it for anyone!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is excellent- my 9 yr old loves it and is completely absorbed. The problem is the binding. All the pages are coming out once she passed page 100 and she is understandably... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mom in Maine
My 13 year old daughter is an avid reader and I'm always looking out for great books she might like. This book was recommended to me by a teacher and did not disappoint. Thumbs up!Published 5 months ago by CaliGirl
It was very entretaining and very funny .My favourite character was the buttlerPublished 8 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 8 months ago by Rose
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