Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort Series #1)

Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort Series #1)

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by Lauren Child
     
 

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Hey, buster! Crack open this new series starring Ruby Redfort - Clarice Bean's favorite all-action heroine - and you will literally be on the edge of your wits. Everyone knows that Clarice Bean is exceptionordinarily keen on the Ruby Redfort books. Now in her own starring role, Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch,… See more details below

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Hey, buster! Crack open this new series starring Ruby Redfort - Clarice Bean's favorite all-action heroine - and you will literally be on the edge of your wits. Everyone knows that Clarice Bean is exceptionordinarily keen on the Ruby Redfort books. Now in her own starring role, Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for a secret crime-busting organization called Spectrum. Ruby gets into lots of scrapes with evil villains, but she's always ice-cool in a crisis. Just take a classic screwball comedy, add heaps of breathtaking action, and multiply it by Lauren Child's writing genius, and what have you got? Only the most exciting new middle-grade series since, like, ever.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kim Carter
Supersmart Ruby Redfort may be only thirteen years old, but she can crack codes with the best of them. In fact, she is so good, at eight years old she stumped the judges in the Junior Code-Creator Contest and was offered a spot at Harvard University, which Ruby promptly turned down, saying she had no desire to be "some kind of geek freak." Ruby's rich, not-so-smart, socialite parents have just returned from a trip to Switzerland, preparing for the arrival of the Jade Buddha at the Twinford City Museum. Not only has the airline lost their luggage, but the day after they return, their house is broken into and everything stolen. Since even Mrs. Digby, the housekeeper, is missing, a new handsome household manager, aka butler, by the name of Mr. Hitch arrives to take charge. Hitch, it turns out, is there for Ruby, assigned to be her handler for the secret agency Spectrum, which needs Ruby's code-cracking capabilities to prevent the bank heist of the century. Smart, savvy, and cool, Ruby Redfort is a modern young heroine adept at holding her own in the adult world. Replete with codes, high-tech spy gadgets, outspoken T-shirts, and plenty of humor, Look into My Eyes is a fun, if often fantastical, mystery adventure romp with plenty of character and action and will appeal to male and female readers looking to keep their wits sharp while minding Ruby's "Rule 1: You can never be completely sure what might happen next." Reviewer: Kim Carter
VOYA - Riley Carter
A woman named Lopez has figured out a secret code about a robbery, but before she can tell anyone, she mysteriously dies. Ruby Redfort is hired as a code breaker at a secret agency called Spectrum to break the code. Ruby has many adventures trying to figure out the code, including breaking into a hotel room, being kidnapped and escaping, and outsmarting the criminals behind the robbery. This reviewer likes the book because it is adventurous and exciting. People who like mysteries would probably like this book because they would probably try to figure it out too. Reviewer: Riley Carter, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—At age two, when Ruby Redfort couldn't get her parents to understand that she was telling them about a theft she witnessed, she determined to give up baby talk and spruce up her verbal skills. By age seven, she had created a code that took weeks for well-educated adults to crack. Not surprisingly, 13-year-old Ruby is an exceptional code-breaker and clever detective who is contacted by a spy agency called Spectrum to help them crack a particularly difficult code. With her buddy Clancy and butler Hitch, she foils the villains (including a woman named Valerie "Nine Lives" Capaldi and a sly, slippery, and creepy Count) and saves the Jade Buddha from falling into their unscrupulous hands. Ruby's parents are kind but clueless and provide a foil for her brilliant ways. The mystery and intrigue, murder and mayhem are presented in a light tone and with a satirical touch sure to make readers laugh. Those familiar with the author's "Clarice Bean" novels may note that Clarice's favorite book character now has her own series. And since the Count escapes, Ruby's adventures are likely to continue.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library
Publishers Weekly
As smart and observant as her socialite parents are clueless, junior high student Ruby Redfort has the makings of a top-notch sleuth. But it’s her code-cracking skills that attract the attention of Spectrum, a secret intelligence agency that hires her. 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 to prevent the theft of a priceless jade Buddha statue. Playing a game of cat and mouse with criminals and fellow agents (who are furious at her for overstepping boundaries), Ruby finds her way into some dire situations, but readers will rest assured that she will find a way to squirm out of enemy hands. 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. Ages 10–13. (Mar.)
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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

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Middle-schooler Ruby Redfort's socialite parents might have "little going on upstairs in the smarts department," but Ruby herself makes up for their deficits in spades. An ace code cracker who at age seven declined Harvard's offer of admission, Ruby's precocious brilliance brings her to the attention of a super-secret spy agency that needs her assistance in preventing a nefarious heist of the priceless Jade Buddha of Khotan. But despite, or because of, her uncommon intelligence, Ruby is not very good at doing what adults tell her to do. Will she be a match for cold-blooded killer Baby Face Marshall, sly murderess Nine Lives, or the B-movie-actor-turned-master-criminal Count von Viscount? Overlong at close to 400 pages, Child's narrative of Ruby's adventures should appeal to readers who enjoy being in the company of someone who consistently outsmarts all of the adults in her life and who do not mind her constantly cocky condescension. There is plenty of fun watching Ruby decipher bizarre clues, even if much—all?—of the plot strains credulity to the breaking point. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Ruby Redfort, the young sleuth in an imagined book series adored by Child's already-established character Clarice Bean, begins her very own series with this lukewarm mystery. The daughter of two clueless but kind socialites, Ruby displays an uncanny talent for observation from an early age. When her family's beloved housekeeper goes missing along with the entire contents of their house, and a likable but unlikely butler appears on the scene, Ruby suspects there is more to the situation than meets the eye. After being tapped by a spy agency called Spectrum to assist in an investigation, Ruby is pulled into the thick of a plot involving a museum exhibit her parents are staging. Character development is eschewed for quirkiness that can be charming, but it wears thin well before this offering winds itself down. Codes and puzzles featured throughout add some spark, and readers with a penchant for ciphers will enjoy working out the messages passed between Ruby and her best friend Clancy--and can visit a tie-in website for clues. However, the purposefully corny tone of Ruby's narrative voice ("Did anyone ever tell you that you can be a royal pain in the derriere?") falls flat. Fizzy style fails to buoy a slow-moving plot. Fans of Child's other works, however, will likely still be interested in checking this one out. (Mystery. 9-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763656362
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Series:
Ruby Redfort Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
261,341
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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From the Publisher
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

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

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