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Look Into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort #1)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,424 Ratings  ·  308 Reviews

Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. Break out of boredom with Ruby Redfort, the super-awesome new creation from multi-million-copy bestseller Lauren Child…

Want to know more? Of course you do, bozo.

Here’s the low-down on Ruby Redfort: she’s a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. She

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Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published September 2011 by HarperCollins
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Julia If you could I would definitely read them in order, there are many references to previous books - and i have a theory that all the plot lines are a…moreIf you could I would definitely read them in order, there are many references to previous books - and i have a theory that all the plot lines are a single plot line divided into 6 books(less)
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Shirley Marr
Dec 19, 2011 Shirley Marr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa-ya
Shirley's One-Sentence Summary: Veronica Mars in Sin City for Tweens

I'm a fan of the precocious teen girl.

I love...



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And most of all...



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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Lily Jessica
Jun 23, 2014 Lily Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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
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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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
Devon Flaherty
Apr 08, 2015 Devon Flaherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child, 2011-2014. I read the first two of six total books. The first four are titled Look Into My Eyes, Take Your Last Breath, Catch Your Death, and Feel the Fear. The other two titles are not yet released, but will be in the next couple years.

The reason I only read the first two is that the third and fourth are only available in hardcover until this summer and I simply didn’t want to pay hardcover price, even though it was very tempting. I don’t really like har
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Max
Feb 13, 2015 Max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So here we go, another book of my sister's I'm reading. I'll admit that I really didn't like Ruby Redfort at first. The story isn't all that original, the character's dialogue is wholly unbelievable, and the quality of writing is pretty bad on the whole.
It wasn't though, as it turned out, a terrible book.
Here's what impressed me:
The character Hitch was very cool,; I got the sense of some action packed back story to him. He was probably my favourite.
The whole book had style, from Ruby's amusing t
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Ellen
Mar 01, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The Styling Librarian
Mar 31, 2012 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
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
Apr 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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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Christy
Aug 23, 2015 Christy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The cover got me! A middle-reader mystery novel about a precocious super spy. It has some great elements and some gaping flaws. I loved the relationship between Ruby and her best friend Clancy, and I felt like Clancy and Hitch (Ruby's handler) were well-drawn. Most of the other characters, Ruby's parents in particular and all of the villains in general, were flat flat flatter than flat - even giving leeway for the genre. I'm guessing that young readers won't notice this stuff and just go along f ...more
Barbara
What's not to like about a smart, wisecracking, codebreaking thirteen-year-old who sees herself as a spy? Well, there's not a lot readers won't enjoy about Ruby Redfort except maybe her clueless but well-meaning parents. Ruby has always been intelligent and observant, and as the prologue shows, she once watched as dognappers stole her neighbor's prize-winning Pekinese. After that incident, she started keeping notebooks about spying. In this title, the first of a promised series, Ruby is hired by ...more
Gail Jones
Sep 27, 2012 Gail Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2012 Tracie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth_fiction
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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Lily Deutsch
May 27, 2015 Lily Deutsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruby Redfort
by Lauren Child

Undercover agent. Code breaker. Thirteen-year-old. Ruby Redfort does it all.

In Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child, you join Ruby on her crazy wacky adventures that don't let you put the book down. Working with her butler Hitch, rescues, break-ins and deadly situations are all in a day's work. It's her job to protect her city, but she needs to remember a few things. Rule #1, "You can never be completely sure, what might happen next". Or like Rule #33, "More often than not,
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YoungBeth
Apr 16, 2015 YoungBeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruby Redfort is a funny and mystery story that takes your attention the very first chapter.

The main character in this book is a thirteen-year -old girl named Ruby Redfort who usually finds herself in puzzles and code cracking. However Ruby life has turned upside down when a so called butler named Hitch shows up and shows her to Spectrum which is a secret agency.

I really like Ruby character; she’s smart, cheeky, nosey and interesting. I really enjoy when Lauren Child was describing the high-tech
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padfoot and pringles
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
Aug 26, 2014 Scarlett Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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
Aug 15, 2014 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
MariaS
May 14, 2015 MariaS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personally, i found Ruby Redfort a fanstastic book. I trully adored it, its language and most importantly it's characters. As a child, i remember how i used to love watching Charlie and Lola. The funny thing is that just one month ago i found out from my friend who is a great fan of Ruby Redfort, that the author of Charlie and Lola is the author of Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Coming back to Ruby Redfort, i loved it so much. It was an absolute page turner for me. The funny thing about me readi ...more
Alice
Dec 27, 2014 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the cover of this book, and it'd been on my radar for a while. This year it's one of the Booktrust BookBuzz books, so there were some extra copies around for me to pick up. Ruby Redfort is a thirteen year old code cracking genius, and naturally she is recruited by a secret spy agencies and has to thwart an evil plot! It's an OK read, it reminded me a lot of a junior Veronica Mars (although nowhere near as good as that would be).. but ultimately it felt a little bit empty to me.

One little
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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.
Charlotte Webster
Jul 08, 2015 Charlotte Webster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Hi bookworms! So today I'm going to be doing a book review on "Look into my eyes" by Lauren Child.

I'm going to start off by saying, I really enjoyed this book, and I got through it in about 2 days, which is pretty good for me! I also enjoyed this book so much, that I reread it twice...

I rated this book 5 stars because I loved the storyline and the characters, and I'm also a big fan of mystery/spy novels.

My favourite character in this book, was Hitch, because he is just so witty and mysterious,
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Tallulah
Mar 04, 2014 Tallulah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Lauren Child grew up in Wiltshire as the middle child of three sisters and the daughter of two teachers. She has always been interested in the many aspects of childhood, from gazing into toy shop windows to watching American children's shows from the 1960s. After attending two Art Schools, where Lauren admits that she did not learn much, she travelled for six months, still unsure about which caree ...more
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