Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes


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)

2 comments:

  1. I just picked this one up, weird coincidence... hadn't seen this post for some reason. We are huge fans here of the (few) Charlie and Lola books written by Child, and I wanted to see how she did with books for older readers.

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    1. My kids and I have always loved the Charlie and Lola books - they are so sweet, and I adore their relationship! I haven't read the Clarice Bean ones - maybe the picture book, but not the chapter books. Interestingly, this one is only available in ebook format at my library, but we have the hard copy version of the second one. Things sure are changing quickly, aren't they?!

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