Saturday, August 3, 2013
Clarice Bean (from Lauren Child's Clarice Bean series) is obsessed with the Ruby Redfort books - she can't get enough of of her favorite heroine. And now all the Clarice Bean fans will get to read the Ruby Redfort books, too. This book introduces 13-year-old Ruby, whose brilliant mind and extraordinary attention to detail make her a natural when it comes to investigating mysteries.
Things at the Redfort household haven't been the same since Ruby's parents returned from a trip. Their housekeeper suddenly disappears, and they get a new butler in her place - and then everything - everything - is stolen from their house. Luckily Ruby is a super-intelligent sleuth, a code-cracking prodigy, and she's determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.
This one has a similar tone to the Brixton Brothers mysteries - it's silly, snarky and funny, with lots of action and adventure. My only issue is that Ruby is astonishingly brilliant except when it's inconvenient to the plot; then she is a bit too clueless. But that's a small quibble, and fans of Harriet the Spy, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys - not to mention the Clarice Bean series - should gobble this one up.
Books in the Ruby Redfort series:
1. Look into My Eyes
2. Take Your Last Breath
3. Catch Your Death (2014)
Look into My Eyes (#1 in the Ruby Redfort series) by Lauren Child (Candlewick Press, 2012)