Spectrum is a top secret spy agency, and Ruby is about to become one of their newest recruits. But it isn't easy to keep her new profile away from her best friend, Clancy, who soon notices a change when Ruby's family get a new butler ruby's bodyguard in disguise. Although Ruby's job is a desk agent looking for clues in a recently dead Agent Lopez's documents, she figures out that Lopez wanted a bit more of the action.
Back in Twinford, Ruby's parents are buzzing about the famous jade Buddha that is visiting Twinford City bank. It's really, really worth it though. Ruby herself is pretty damn awesome, the other characters are mostly brilliant, the plot is really, really well thought out, the puzzles are clever good luck trying to read Ruby and Clancy's coded messages and the villains, though slightly over the top but it is a children's spy novel so what do you expect?
I could write pages and pages on this book, but right now I really must go and look at rubyredfort. View all 3 comments. Jan 01, Mike rated it it was ok Shelves: There's really not much to say about this book - it's a very typical, very bland mystery. It's not quite as predictable as it seems at first, but it's also not very likely to surprise any mystery fans. The tropes on display - the James Bond gadgets, the 'clever' riddles - aren't unique, and nothing new is done with them. Ruby is meant to be kind of a subversion of the typical Harriet the Spy-type heroine, but her brand of snarkiness just ends up becoming another cliche.
The writing was alright, There's really not much to say about this book - it's a very typical, very bland mystery. The writing was alright, I guess - I do wish Child hadn't chosen to set the novel in America, since quite a bit of British slang came though, and most of the American slang felt artificial. But really, there's just not much that's noteworthy in this story. I certainly won't be reading the sequels. View all 11 comments. Oct 05, Sweet on Books rated it really liked it Shelves: Ruby Redfort is a perfect candidate for the spy world, so when a secret agency comes knocking, Ruby is ready for action.
Ruby is not your ordinary 7th grader. She's smart, independent, and a bit quirky.
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Solving puzzles and cracking codes are her idea of a good time. At the same time, she's pretty much your average kid. She has friends, plays sports, ignores her parents on occasion, and watches lots of crime shows on TV. I guess she offers a little something for everyone. The best thing about Rub Ruby Redfort is a perfect candidate for the spy world, so when a secret agency comes knocking, Ruby is ready for action.
The best thing about Ruby, though, is how she stands up for herself. She's no fairytale character, waiting for someone to rescue her out of a tower. Ruby Redfort can take care of herself. Ruby remains calm even as her house is completely ransacked, her long-time housekeeper disappears, she's recruited by a secret spy agency called Spectrum, and she comes face to face with the villainous Count.
Her wealthy, slightly dimwitted parents don't have a clue what's going on around them and are completely absorbed in a museum charity event featuring the Jade Buddha of Khotan.
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They have no idea that Ruby is now spending her days helping Spectrum crack the code that will lead them to the bad guys and that the Jade Buddha may be in danger. She gets a little help from her best friend, Clancy Crew and her new butler, Hitch who also happens to work for Spectrum , but mostly she figures things out on her own. In doing so, she does end up impersonating adults, lying, sneaking around, and snagging a few Spectrum gadgets that don't belong to her. Despite the tense nature of a spy story, the tone is light, and the dialogue is amusing.
Ruby even manages to keep up the clever banter in the most dangerous circumstances. Although the focus is more on action than on thoughts and feelings, there is a strong friendship between Ruby and Clancy and a nice rapport between Ruby and Hutch. Other than the fancy gadgets, there is no mention of modern technology. Ruby even uses a pay phone! Jan 04, Elevetha rated it it was ok Recommended to Elevetha by: The story was pretty weak.
But the one factor that I could not get over was the dialogue. It physically hurt to read it. You could tell the author English , who was attempting to set her book in America, failed miserably as no one here talks like that. Now, maybe, maybe , if this book was set in the 40's, I could forgive some of the dialogue, but it wasn't, so I can't.
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Hitch, the only character I liked, talked like this, "Kid, if you don't listen to me, you' 2. Hitch, the only character I liked, talked like this, "Kid, if you don't listen to me, you'll end up in a bad place. Ruby uses "boy" at the beginning or end of almost every sentence. I even spotted a "the cat's pajamas" thrown in there. But weird phrasing aside, just the way the characters talked and acted felt really off.
There are better MG spy books out there if you're looking for one. View all 5 comments. Dec 02, Esther Jackson rated it really liked it. This is an incredible book for a younger and older audience. If I could describe this book in three words, I would say it is comical, delightful, and neat. It is very creative with many bewildering and mystifying puzzles, that make you feel absolutely dumbfounded. This is a change from what I ordinarily read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. If you are ready for a journey with many ups, downs, and in betweens pi This is an incredible book for a younger and older audience.
If you are ready for a journey with many ups, downs, and in betweens pick up this book! Jul 31, Lesr Kew rated it really liked it. Feb 05, Ellen rated it it was amazing. One of the joys of introducing new books to children is that sometimes they return the favor. Look into my Eyes is one of those books. One of my students chose this book as part of a school project. I'd never heard of it, so I took the opportunity to check it out. Ruby is a spunky kid with an independent mind whose powers of observation rival Holmes himself. It's only natural that someone who subscribes to code-cracking magazines would be approached by a super-secret spy organizati One of the joys of introducing new books to children is that sometimes they return the favor.
It's only natural that someone who subscribes to code-cracking magazines would be approached by a super-secret spy organization like Spectrum, right?
The fact that the author includes the puzzles and codes right in the book for us to crack on our own is a fun bonus. Even better, the answer is not automatically revealed for the reader, but encouragement to keep trying to solve it pops up at the end of the book and also on the website. This first installment of the series, a spin-off of Child's Clarice Bean books, is packed with adventure and mystery.
A missing housekeeper is replaced by an unusual butler named Hitch who isn't a butler at all and strange things keep happening leading up to the attempted theft of a Jade Buddha that Ruby's clueless parents are obsessed with. Far from the predictable and somewhat pedantic Nancy Drew, Ruby Redfort will draw in today's young mystery reader and have everyone chuckling in the process. I look forward to reading more. Thanks, Julianna, for introducing me to her. Aug 20, Elena rated it really liked it. I reread this book some time ago, remembering how much I liked it, and though I had read it beforehand it still is excellently written.
This is the type of book you could read over and over again, and still love it all the same. When I was younger I loved the idea of spies and secret agents, this book really captured that feeling. If you have the chance you should definitely read this book. Dec 30, BM rated it it was amazing. Oct 18, Rebecca Reinders rated it it was amazing. Mar 10, Devon Flaherty rated it it was amazing. The Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child, I read the first two of six total books. The other two titles are not yet released, but will be in the next couple years.
I go into this with full disclosure: I already love Lauren Chlld. She is the brilliant writer and artist responsible for the marvelous Charlie and Lola series, as well as Clarice Bean see review HERE and a ton of other superb art, including lovely covers for two of my favorite books, Anne of Green Gables and Pippi Longstocking. So I fully expected to love these books. Just look at the rad covers. More on all this to come; I just wanted to let you know where I stood. There are some things about these books.
She is a fan of fantasy and mystery and also very much of mixed-up fairy tales. Ruby Redfort falls into the secret agent mystery category. Although not a big fan of Clarice Bean, I thought Windsor would like these more because of the mystery. But she has set them aside, twice, to continue plowing through yet another mixed-up fairy tale series even though I found the other series inferior… and has yet to finish even the first one.
The thing is… I love Lauren Child. I know I already said that, but there is something or many somethings that I really like about her and her style and her voice. So perhaps its not for everyone, but it is for me. And it is for plenty of people.
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But Charlie and Lola hold their own here in the US. Which needs to be further explored beyond my last comment. I am one of those typical ravenous-reader Anglophiles, so not only am I fairly comfortable with British stuff from all the English literature I have read over the years and the history class I endured and the many, many movies and TV shows I have ingested , but I truly enjoy English culture.
I found myself wondering more than once if Child had regretted placing the super sleuth in the US during the writing of her Clarice Bean series.
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Ride for Your Life! Other books in this series. Look into my eyes Lauren Child. Look into My Eyes Lauren Child. Review quote A nice pastiche of the spy genre for younger readers. 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. 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. You can never be completely sure what might happen next. 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.