By: Lauren Child
Location: CHI- right beside Lees books!
Genre: Cherub for tweens or Nancy Drew if you are old!
Ruby Redfort is a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a 13-year-old girl. She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they're always ice-cool in a crisis.
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 an agency to crack a code left unfinished by a previous sleuth. She and her friend Clancy eventually find themselves in peril as a plot concerning a jade Buddha is revealed. The bad guys in the story are really bad, and Ruby is brave and determined to get to the root of things. This one was fun to read, and the inclusion of codes to crack adds to the delight. For those readers who are code-challenged, solutions are provided on a website.- Barbara