Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes (Paperback)

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By Lauren Child, Lauren Child (Illustrator)
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I feel every teen looks for an adventure, mystery or change in their own lives. This book - the story of a teen spy - is a dream of children (and mine) of gadgets, codes, and crime busting. With codes and puzzles throughout the book, you too can be a part of the secret agency, Spectrum, and join Ruby on her mission. The first book in the series, Ruby Redford shows promise of more adventure, banana milk, and bubblegum. - Morgan

— Morgan

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“Thirteen-year-old Ruby has her own sense of style, loves watching TV detective shows, and just happens to be an expert puzzle solver and code breaker. So far, she has filled 622 yellow notebooks with her keen observations. As the town of Twinford awaits the arrival of a gold bullion shipment and the treasured Jade Buddha of Khotan, Ruby's house is mysteriously emptied of its contents and her housekeeper disappears. A series of cryptic clues soon leads Ruby to a top-secret assignment in this brilliant mystery filled with loads of humor and suspense.”
— Joyce Tiber, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI


"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)

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.

About the Author

Lauren Child burst onto the children's book scene in 1999 and has since 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. Her books have been made into an award-winning TV series and have sold in many languages with runaway success. Lauren Child lives in London.

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A nice pastiche of the spy genre for younger readers.
—The New York Times

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)

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.

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."

She is everything you want a pint-sized detective to be: smart, resourceful, and brave with a clever wisecrack ever at the ready. Mystery fans who have outgrown Clarice Bean will nonetheless join her in her admiration of this mashup of Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown with twists and quirks that are all Ruby’s own.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Middle school readers are sure to enjoy this exciting, action-packed adventure of super sleuth, 13-year-old Ruby Redfort... A gold heist, special spy gadgets, puzzles, codes, and clues create a plot continually full of surprises. Ruby’s a strong spunky female character, full of sarcastic wit and spirit who gives this fun title girl appeal.
—Library Media Connection

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.
—School Library Journal

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

Get ready, puzzle lovers! There’s a new book on the scene that will satisfy the sleuth in all of us. Author Lauren Child introduces Ruby Redfort, a young code-cracking genius who gets caught up in a great mystery.

Sarcastic and smart, Ruby makes a compelling heroine. RUBY REDFORT LOOK INTO MY EYES is a fast-paced adventure, and budding codebreakers can try cracking the ciphers alongside Ruby. Highly recommended for kids who like mysteries and adventures.
—Baltimore's Child

Ruby's debut is the ideal spytastic summer escapade.
—NW Kids Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763662578
ISBN-10: 0763662577
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: April 9th, 2013
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Ruby Redfort