Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes

Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes
Lauren Child
Reviewed by Sarah Wilson
HarperCollins Children's Books
Tue, 27/09/2011

Lauren Child, who brought us Charlie and Lola, has now has come up with a fun new heroine.

Ruby Redfort is a schoolgirl, a genius code breaker and a handful! This is the story of how Ruby’s parents’ spell of bad luck begins to mean trouble for Ruby, who has been planning to be a detective since she was very little and now has something very mysterious to investigate. Secret agents, very bad baddies, gadgets and disappearing housekeepers - this book has plenty of twists and turns and some codes to decipher as well as a great story that keeps the pages turning.

Children of 9+ are likely to fall under Ruby’s spell but her manners might not thrill every parent. She’s certainly not the most best-behaved child but she more than makes up for her ‘attitude’ with her perseverance, brilliant deduction, bravery and wicked sense of humour.

Taking place in America, some of the settings and language may momentarily confuse (I had to look up the word barrette - hair clip to us Brits) but the feisty heroine, her loyal best friend Clancy, and the adventures they become tangled up in are humorous, exciting and gripping. It seems very likely that we will be seeing a lot more of Ruby Redfort.

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