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Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. Break out of boredom with Ruby Redfort – the super-awesome new creation from Lauren Child! Want to know more? Of course you do, bozo. So here’s the lowdown: she’s a genius code-cracker, super sleuth and gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. She and her slick sidekick, Hitch the butler, love to solve crimes and foil evil villains – and though their skills are sizzling hot, they always stay ice-cool in a crisis! In this very first mission, an anonymous caller sets Ruby a tricky challenge which leads her to the HQ of a hush-hush secret agency: SPECTRUM. They need her to crack a code – but the job spirals into a deadly adventure, as Ruby uncovers the dastardly plans of the Fool’s Gold Gang!

“The new Ruby Redfort book is utterly exceptionordinarily brilliant.” Clarice Bean

“Lauren Child has put imagination and fun back into the real worlds of childhood.” Julia Eccleshare

“Lauren Child is a publishing phenomenon.” Observer Magazine

“Lauren Child is so good it’s exhilarating.” Independent

Product Details







Date published

September 29th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.8; Middle years; 11.0 points

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  • 400 pages


UK edition


Lauren Child

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  1. postiepenga
    on 28 January 2015

    I loved this book I would defiantly recommend it It was full of mysteries and adventures me and my BFF both read it and really enjoyed it we even named some of our soft toys after the characters

    We have also been reading the second book Take your last breath

    5out of 5
  2. Sportsgal
    on 13 March 2014

    I really enjoy the Ruby Redfort series. It is funny and mysterious. I think Ruby is my favorite character because she is clever and witty. I have read the two books, Take your last breath and Look into my eyes, and hoping to read the third book. I would recomend this to boys and girls who are ten and over and love detective and mystery novels. : >

  3. heart29
    on 7 March 2014

    it was phenomenal <3

    4out of 5
  4. Athena14
    on 5 March 2014

    This has to be one of my favourite books.Extreamly funny and very believable. Ruby is so clever, I really want to be her because she has a really interesting life!

  5. maude25
    on 23 January 2014

    this is amazing!!! 1 of the bestbooks I have read…. When will some more come out??? You can’t stop at just 2, Lauren Child!

    5out of 5
  6. ExcuseMeWhileIYawn
    on 28 May 2013

    Fab book really got me hooked and even ended up with double detention because I was reading it in class and totally blocked out the the teachers then when they eventually got my attention I was like o please just one more chapter….....ooooooops!

    5out of 5
  7. samcharlie123
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is amazing! I loved the mystery, and the codes Ruby and her friend Clancy used to communicate.

    The plot is really well thought out, and the story is just amazing!

    I would recommend this to any older readers who enjoy mystery or spy books.

    5out of 5
  8. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 4 March 2013

    The cover of this book is awesome – I like how you can only see Ruby’s eyes as it makes the cover look more mysterious. The green and pink add a nice splash of colour.

    This book is full of exciting adventures, murderous villains, perplexing codes and difficult missions. Ruby is meant to be thirteen, and even though she’s a ‘genius’, sometimes I thought she seemed more like an eleven year old. However I don’t think this really matters as some people don’t act their age, and that includes characters in books! My only problem with this book is that it was very slow-paced in places.

    I read this all in one sitting. It was a fun book to read, and I liked imagining how Ruby would get out of the dramatic, near-death experiences she would get herself into. The secret codes Ruby and her friend used were so good that I couldn’t decipher them – maybe it would’ve been good if the translation had been at the bottom of the page in small print or something.

    I used to read other books by Lauren Child when I was little, such as Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, so it’s nice that she’s finally written a book for my current age group.

    This book is fine for girls and boys aged 10-14, and could probably be read to a slightly younger child. I give it a rating of 4/5 – a point deducted for the occasional slow pace. Overall though, this is a fantastic book!

  9. Mymy13
    on 3 September 2012

    I Loved this book!!! its was so hard to put down and you just cant get enough!!!! i cant wait till the 27th september for the next one to come out!!!

    5out of 5
  10. Daisylolo
    on 3 August 2012

    Amazing book funny and exciting and written by a amazingly talented writer Lauren child

  11. pepsi108
    on 23 July 2012

    Ruby Redfort is a super sleuth 13-year-old code cracker. When she is offered a spot in a secret agency called SPECTRUM, she eagerly excepts. This book is a thrilling page turning for fans of mysteries and Nancy Drew. Although a very perplexed novel, with many codes for the reader to crack. The book is recommended for 5th-6th grade although I think that would be the MINIMUM age limit. I think middle schoolers especially lovers of mystery would love this book. Surprises, twist and turns, quick escapes, secret agents, spy gadgets, and SECRETS.

    5out of 5
  12. hoopla
    on 16 April 2012

    This book is absolutely amazing! I would recommend it to anyone who loves clarice bean and anyone who enjoys detective books. Hitch is my have character. AWSOME!

    5out of 5
  13. AmyXx
    on 6 March 2012

    Got this in the last order and its amazing!

  14. booksrcul
    on 29 January 2012

    I have just d=finished reading this! It is very different from Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean. Funny with a handful of twists!

    5out of 5
  15. minvermin
    on 18 January 2012

    I have been waiting for this book for so long and now it is hear. Any Clarice Bean fan would love this book. If you havent heard of clarice bean, try Ruby Redfort it is about a teenage spy who is trying to crack a code it is a great page turner, i couldnt put it down

    5out of 5
  16. rubberducky300
    on 2 January 2012

    i really want to order this book but i am waiting for the new book: The Worst Things About My Sister by jacqueline wilson to come out first then i might get it can’t wait!!!!

  17. emily6
    on 17 November 2011

    i love it

  18. lotus-flower
    on 31 October 2011

    I bought this book from the scholastic magazine, because of Clarice bean and I’ve loved it! I think the idea of the Vigenère cipher is a great, and not straight forward. I took quite some time trying to find the keyword but I did it half way through the book. but other than that the plot line is great too.

    5out of 5
  19. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 18 October 2011

    The long awaited Ruby Redfort book is finally here. Any Clarice Bean fan like me will have been looking forward to this for ages and it wont disappoint anyone.Even if you’re not a Clarice Bean fan this is a great book. In-case you don’t know Ruby Redfort is a super intelligent teenage spy/school girl. If you’re a boy thinking this is like another soppy schoolgirl spy story I can asure you it’s not- there is no romance in this story just cold blooded killers and gutsy spies. I love this book and I know you will to.

    Tilly, age 11

    The best book I have ever read! Whether you are a Clarice Bean fan or not, you will absolutely love this book. I always liked Clarice Bean so I was overwhelmed when I got this book. This would be a great Christmas present for girls aged 11-14 who love a bit of action/adventure. My favourite character is Hitch- Butler by day, agent by night! This book definitely deserves 5*. Finally, don’t worry about wasting your pocket money on this book, it will be great value for money!

    Georgia, age 11

    5out of 5