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.
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
--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.
--Booklist 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."
--VOYA 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.
--BookPage 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