Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
On a cold October morning, a 2 year-old girl decided to forget toddler talk, brush up her language skills and set her sights on detective work. Why? Because that toddler was Ruby Redfort: girl genius, code breaker extraordinaire, and, most importantly, girl detective. Ruby, now 13 years old, is living up to her 2 year-old dreams. She is well on her way to being a secret agent recruited by Spectrum, a secret agency (a very secret agency) that works outside of the government but not against it. Ruby lives by a set of rules of her own making. RULE #1 YOU CAN NEVER BE COMPLETELY SURE WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT. So when a mysterious caller ask Ruby try to find them she is intrigued. Using her wits and code cracking skills Ruby is on her way to “break-ins, daring rescues and life-or- death situations.”
Inspired by a character introduced to readers in the Clarice Bean series, Ruby Redfort is the Nancy Drew of today. Along with her best friend, Clancy Crew, she follows the clues and foils the bad guys. While at times it seems the plot is trying a little too hard to follow the model of the rich, smart, crime fighting teen, Ruby is still a likable character. The dialog keeps the pace moving in the story to help it over the few humps along the way. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants an alternative to Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys or the Boxcar Children Mysteries or someone who just wants a fun read.
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