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Look Into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,590 ratings  ·  252 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Candlewick (first published September 1st 2011)
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Shirley Marr
Shirley's One-Sentence Summary: Veronica Mars in Sin City for Tweens

I'm a fan of the precocious teen girl.

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Yay! Show Aussie Ja'mie "Soo Hot!" King some love!

So therefore I should love Ruby Redfort, a rich-and-it-shows, super-smart, attitude-laden spunky spy girl in Lauren Child's new lower YA detective series.

The thing with rich girls is, no normal person actually really likes them, so they're best done with a tongue-in-cheek, almost satirical way because truth b
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Izzy
Can I firstly just commend this book for it's AWESOME front cover? I love hardbacks (however ridiculously priced they may be) and the design is really brilliant. The actual book behind the cover is white, with a green fly on it.

I've been a massive fan of Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean ever since I was really little. My parents would read me the picture books, and then when the first CB novel came out they read it to me as well. When I read it on my own it was the first chapter book I had eve
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Sweet on Books
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. 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 ...more
Elevetha

2.5 stars

It was okay. Nothing special. 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.

Hitch, the only character I liked, talked like this, "Kid, if you don't listen to me, you'
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Mike
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, ...more
Lorna Hetherington
Ruby Redfort is a spin off from Lauren Child’s, Clarice Bean and this first book in the series introduces us to Ruby’s beginnings as a detective. Some pretty weird things have being going on lately in Ruby’s world and they are about to get a whole lot weirder now that she has being recruited by the secret organisation, Spectrum. She finds herself in all sorts of sticky situations, cracking top-secret codes and even risking her life occasionally. With the help of her undercover butler, Hitch and ...more
Lily Jessica
Amazing!

I used to be a big fan of Charlie and Lola when I was little, then as I got older I’d started to read Clarice Bean. In the Clarice Bean books, Clarice is a big fan of a secret spy agent 'Ruby Redfort' I had always wondered about this young spy, and the adventures she had. Clarice thought she was brilliant. Now I have to agree with her!

I was really excited when Lauren Child brought out the book 'Ruby Redfort, Look Into My Eyes' and I'd gotten a hard back.

I started reading and I was ins
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The Styling Librarian
Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child. I guess my only disappointment was that there were no illustrations in the book. I kept picturing them as I read based on what Lauren Child’s illustrations were in the past in books, but I know, it was more mature than her other books. I’d say it is a terrific book for students who love Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, Winston Breen series by Eric Berlin, Meg Cabot’s Allie Finkle series, and Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes mys ...more
Jennifer
A delightful treat for girls and boys ages 8-12. A fan of Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Harriet the Spy and Enola Holmes; Ruby Redfort has made her debut in this prestigous group of tween/teen detectives. Child has a winner in this tie-in to her Clarice Bean books for middle-grade readers. Fan of Clarice? You will certainly become a fan of Ruby! (In the Clarice Bean books, Ruby is Clarice's mystery solving hero) In Look Into My Eyes, Ruby has been employed by a secret agency called Spectrum, to cra ...more
Clare Cannon
Jun 11, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-12 years+
Shelves: 08-12yrs
A fun, contemporary detective story that will especially appeal to fans of Nancy Drew. Ruby Redfort is a juvenile genius who has a knack for sensing anything out of the ordinary. It just so happens that her family finds themselves smack bang in the middle of a detective case, and Ruby's quick observation and talent for code breaking is called upon to save the day.

Though the plot and puzzles will appeal to kids who like the idea of being smart, they'll need to tolerate the affected 'attitude-tal
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papalbina
i feel confused about this book. i did like ruby, but probably because she is so precocious, most of the time she felt like an older teenager and the way she talked with her friends using "old pal" and "old friend"? who is she? colombo?? fO.o

every teenage character in this book felt stuck-up to me (perhaps, because they are rich kids?), that's probably why i didn't like the story as much as i was supposed to.

anyway, i can imagine that this book could be very appealing to my twelve-year-old self,
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Gail Jones
Ruby Redfort – Look into my eyes by Lauren Child

This is a very good book. It isn’t nail biting but it does keep you interested. Set in a fictitious town, Ruby is an excellent code breaker. She is recruited by a mysterious agency ‘Sectrum’ to help them solve a code used by criminals hoping to steal a gold shipment to the high security bank in town. At the same time her mum keeps having mysterious accidents with her bag being snatched, someone pouring a drink down her, cars trying to drive her off
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Tracie
Three and a half stars.

13-year-old Ruby Redfort is a smart kid surrounded by perfectly clueless adults, and her code-cracking skills draw the attention of Spectrum, a secret intelligence agency. Spectrum has learned that a group of villains is planning to break into the town's unbreakable safe, and Ruby is hired to crack the code that will foil their plot. The mystery and intrigue, murder and mayhem are presented with a light tone, making this novel a good choice for readers who like a good laug
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city-of-alice-books
I hate to be hating but I have to. This novel may not have appealed to me because it is directed for a younger audience (and I read this at the age of seven) but I still thought that this book was unrealistic in so many factors. This book explores the life of a young girl who does nothing for the first half of the book, then suddenly she is the smartest girl in the world and can defeat fully grown henchmen and ninja's without even taking a special Captain America injection. Overall this book is ...more
Scarlett Molly
Ruby Redfort ~ Look into My Eyes is written by best-selling author of Charlie and Lola and the Clarice Bean series, Lauren Child. Published in 2011 by HarperCollins Children’s Books, this book is the first of the Ruby Redfort series and has been allocated many awards such as the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Ruby Redfort ~ Look into My Eyes is a fiction book with mystery and adventure.

As a quirky and independent 13 year old special agent Ruby Redfort is working for a secret o
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Scarlett Molly
Aug 08, 2014 Scarlett Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children Aged 9 to 15
Recommended to Scarlett Molly by: My Mum
Ruby Redfort ~ Look into My Eyes is written by best-selling author of Charlie and Lola and the Clarice Bean series, Lauren Child. Published in 2011 by HarperCollins Children’s Books, this book is the first of the Ruby Redfort series and has been allocated many awards such as the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Ruby Redfort ~ Look into My Eyes is a mystery, adventure, fiction book.

Ruby Redfort is a quirky 13 year old special agent working for a secret organization, called Spectr
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Erica
Precocious code-breaker Ruby Redfort has the mystery delivered to her front door, in a series of interlocking coincidences and plots that can only fly in children's books. With scenarios as grandly implausible as Lemony Snicket, Mysterious Benedict Society, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, and Horowitz's Alex Rider books, there should be many readers for this series. Readers don't seem to ask for Ruby Redfort at my library, but many would like how Ruby takes care of business a la Harry Potter - the ad ...more
Burbank Library Children's Department
This excellent book is a spinoff from Lauren Child's Clarice Bean chapter book series. Ruby Redfort, however, is for a slightly older audience. Middle schooler Ruby Redfort is tasked with code cracking and villian thwarting all while maintaining her cool composure and signature style. A word of advice - this book must be read in the style of the old black and white detective shows! It really brings out Ruby's character!

A.R. 5.6
Rushda Kamal
Summary:
Ruby Redfort has been contacted by spies and asked to be the code breaker for their next mission. They give Ruby messages with clues and Ruby has to figure them out before she can work for them. She does figure them out and she gets accepted as the code breaker for the secret organization, Spectrum. Ruby was excited about her job but soon she got bored and wanted some action! Was it safe for her to go into action without training??!!! Read and find out!

What I liked:
I loved that Ruby was
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Ciara *I love Harry Potter!*
After reading the Clarice Bean books a year or so ago, I expected this book to be a a short book with some illustrations, as that was the way the Clarice Bean books were laid out. However, I was pleasantly suprised when the book was 300-and-something pages long and I was very impressed with it!
Some of the chapters lacked in plot at times, but the very good times made up for that.
Ellen
One of the joys of introducing new books to children is that sometimes they return the favor. Ruby Redfort: 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 ...more
Tallulah
I thought this book was good but It did take me about five chapters to get in to it but if you are going to read this book my advice to u is that don't give up with this book because it is amazing when you get in to it.
Charlottte
Loved this book! It was very creative the way Lauren Child added clues to solve the mystery all the way throught the book! I loved it because it added mystery to the book!
Saleena Davidson
I had heard a lot of buzz about this book, along the lines of "you have to read this!"....so I did.....and I'm not really sure why they were so enthralled. It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong....but phenomenal? Not so much......essentially Ruby Redfort is a genius puzzle solver, and she gets mixed up with a bank robbers who are trying to steal something.......and of course, she figures it out just in time......and I like the format with short chapters and quick action and a quick way of approachin ...more
Catherine
Very stylish and whip-smart. It has a retro feel to it even though the setting is undoubtedly contemporary.
Miss_Nelson
Recommended by WASHYARG: Diane recommended
Emily
it was cool and it had acode for you to crack too
Boyana
Well... This was one really good beginning in the Criminal genre. The book was a quick-read and was one of those books which you wish to read one more page, then one more chapter, and ok one last chapter but you know it won`t be your last :D
And fine - This will be my first book review so I`ll make it really short:
The book is about a girl, named Ruby and her adventures after she starts working for a secret agency"Specturm". It is written in a bit childlish way but it`s funny and a lot of things
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Paula  Phillips
Are you a fan of Lauren Child's books ? Have you read the Clarice Bean books to your children ? If so, then you may recall the name Ruby Redfort who is a detective that Clarice loves to read about . If you are like me and answered no, then I am about to introduce to you the Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy like character of the year 2012. Growing up I was always a Harriet of the Spy girl , with my little notebook in hand writing away. The generation before that was Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys and ...more
John
I read this with my daughter. Ruby Redfort is a spinoff from Lauren Child's excellent series of Clarice Bean novels for kids, where adolescent Clarice Bean is obsessed with a series of secret agent novels starring 13-year old superbrain spy Ruby Redfort and her arch enemy, Count von Viscount -- to the point that Clarice and her friend write to the author of the Ruby Redfort books to ask when the next one will be published. Not surprisingly, Lauren Child's own fans wrote to her and asked for some ...more
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