Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Ruby Redfort Take Your Last Breath (Ruby Redfort Series #2)

Ruby Redfort Take Your Last Breath (Ruby Redfort Series #2)

4.9 13
by Lauren Child

See All Formats & Editions

Crack open Ruby Redfort’s second adventure — and you will literally be on the edge of your wits.

Everyone’s favorite girl detective is back for a second mind-blowing installment, packed with all the off-the-wall humor, action, and friendship of the first book. This time, though, it’s an adventure on the wide-open ocean, and Ruby is


Crack open Ruby Redfort’s second adventure — and you will literally be on the edge of your wits.

Everyone’s favorite girl detective is back for a second mind-blowing installment, packed with all the off-the-wall humor, action, and friendship of the first book. This time, though, it’s an adventure on the wide-open ocean, and Ruby is all at sea. . . . Can she crack the case of the Twinford pirates while evading the clutches of a vile sea monster as well as the evil Count von Viscount? Well, you wouldn’t want to bet against her.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
It’s as if James Bond met Nancy Drew met Harriet the Spy, and it works most effectively, complete with appendixes that discuss code breaking in music, text, and graphics. Three cheers for a determinedly wholesome mystery series that doesn’t talk down to its tween audience.
—Booklist Online
Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
Being the youngest Spectrum agent is not as easy as it sounds, and thirteen-year-old Ruby Redfort knows this all too well as she tries to juggle school and spy work. When a drowned Spectrum Agent is washed ashore near Ruby's hometown of Twinford, Ruby and Hitch, a top Spectrum agent and the Redfort's butler, are called into Spectrum headquarters. As they are briefed on the situation, Ruby learns of many strange happenings occurring off the coast of Twinford, including shipping mix-ups, strange marine-life behavior, and reports of a mysterious whispering sound coming from the ocean. To top it all off, there are reports of pirate attacks and more mysterious deaths. Who or what is behind all these bizarre events and does it have anything to do with the legends of the Twinford treasure? Will Ruby be able to connect all the dots and solve the mystery or will she find herself in way over her head? This second addition to the "Ruby Redfort" series is a high class work of literature that fans are sure to love. The writing is excellent! The author uses such vivid sensory descriptions that the reader can clearly hear "the sound of the gulls screaming in the sky above," and see the dust that has formed on the library books that "would stand untouched from this year to the next." The plot is full of the necessary ingredients to make a pre-teen novel a hit: suspense, intrigue, unique characters, pirates, lost treasure, and sea monsters. This story is an excellent, age-appropriate pre-teen equivalent of Annabel Monaghan's young adult novel A Girl Name Digit. Overall, middle school girls are sure to love this exciting spy adventure. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
VOYA - Amy Bedell
I liked this book because it grabs the reader from the beginning and you cannot put it down. There was not a slow or boring part in the story. Middle school readers who like adventure and action will enjoy this book. Reviewer: Amy Bedell, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Kim Carter
Newly recruited to join Spectrum's elite spy agency, thirteen-year-old Ruby Redfort is brilliant at recognizing patterns and anomalies, and breaking codes. Having proven herself invaluable in foiling the machinations of the insidiously evil Count von Viscount, who murdered Spectrum's previous ace code breaker in Look Into My Eyes Ruby Redfort (Candlewick, 2012/ Voya 2012). With her parents on a Twinford Historical Society mini-cruise, Ruby has plenty of time to work with Hitch, her family's erstwhile butler (a Spectrum agent assigned to protect and work with Ruby), train at Spectrum's dive camp, and hang out with her best friend Clancy. When Ruby's "Spectrum-issue toaster fax machine" delivers the sign she's been waiting for, Ruby puts her not-inconsiderable brain power to the task of piecing together a host of disparate clues about ocean disturbances, shipping deliveries gone awry, and a dead Spectrum agent. Little does she suspect her mission will take her deep into the heart of a Redfort family legend, and face to face once again with her dreaded nemesis, Count von Viscount. While the plot initially appears whimsical and random, Redfort fans will mindfully be collecting clues along the way. Those not familiar with Ruby will be delightfully following her adroit maneuvers around the many adults in her life who are less quick on the uptake than she (Hitch is not one of them). Reminiscent of Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids movies, Ruby will appeal to young readers who like their action with a dash of danger, and their heroines witty and independent. Reviewer: Kim Carter
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—What do asteroids, sharks, and buried treasure have in common? They are all part of a day's work for a Spectrum agent-in-training. As a 13-year-old secret agent, Ruby Redfort balances school, the swim team, and solving crimes and mysteries. When dolphins start showing up in the harbor, strange sounds are heard in the ocean, and cargo shipments go missing, Spectrum has Ruby all over the case. With the help of her sidekick/butler, Hitch, and her best friend, Clancy, she soon discovers that someone is after the legendary treasure out at sea. Ruby is a smart, feisty, and definitely fun character who easily pulls readers into this fast-paced mystery. There are a variety of secret codes throughout the book that readers can have a go at in the concluding section. While this is the second title in the series, it can definitely stand alone, although readers will surely want to read more about this spunky character's adventures.—Kerry Roeder, Professional Children's School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old secret agent Ruby Redfort (Look Into My Eyes, 2012) barely has a week to breathe before finding herself in the middle of another dastardly evil plan--oh, there are also pirates, a sea monster, a mysterious stranger and a lost treasure, too. This retro spy adventure opens with a series of strange marine disturbances. Coast Guard signals are scrambled, all the fish are gone, and there is a whispering sound coming from the ocean. Plus, one of the divers from Spectrum, the supersecret spy agency where Ruby trains, has washed ashore, dead. To add to the ever-evolving, sometimes belabored plot, the boat that Ruby's parents are on is attacked by pirates, leaving both Sabina and Brant Redfort missing at sea. All of the subplots are ocean-related, but readers (and Ruby) don't know how they are connected until Count von Viscount, the villain from the first volume, shows up briefly--his manifest evil nature enough to tie everything together. Child's cliffhanger chapter endings help the pace tremendously, and the codes (musical and binary) that Ruby deciphers are great fun. But thrilling and edge-of-your-seat adventure? That seems to be the territory of other literary spies, despite a cover that oozes intrigue. A harmless, middle-grade mystery for budding sleuths. (Mystery. 9-14)

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Ruby Redfort Series , #2
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Child has 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. Lauren Child lives in London.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Ruby Redfort Take Your Last Breath 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was filled with adveture and discovery like the first Ruby Redfort book and blew my mind away. It was funny too which added another star to my rate. Hope you enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first one!! Funny and action paked really hard tobput down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love ruby so much by sierra stearns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness I couldn't put it down, (well I could when I needed to go pee.) It was superly duperly awesome! I'm waiting for Catch Your Death (3rd ruby redfort book) to become availble on nook and waiting for Feel the fear to be avaible in the U.S. There's so much waiting! Anyways, all of you people should read this book! ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was an awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first four pages and knowing me i would love it. Or was it the first four cahpters? I am not so sure but it it like a heros quest like percy jackson. Like Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes when the mission is to find the missing code and/or she went into ACTION!!! 100% love and like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book was awsome!! I am reading the second one now ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a awesome book for my 10 year old daughter. She said she really enjoyed it. She loves her new Nook its the best thing she ever bought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't read it yet but the first one is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't read it yet, I'm assuming