Publication Date: September 1st, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Mystery, Adventure
Series Status: Ruby Redfort #1
Format and Source: Hardback, Owned
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
OK, I have just got to rant about something quickly and then I will go on to review the actual content of the book, so skip ahead if you want to. The copy I have is a hardcover, and it looks and feel amazing! The dimensions are a bit different from most hardbacks, as it’s wider, but that adds to how special this book feels. Under the dust-jacket the logo of a fly is amazingly detailed and pretty, and the pages themselves within the book are made of very good quality paper. It just makes me feel better about reading this…
Anyways, this obviously a book written for young teenagers as it is written in a very simplistic manner, and has made sure to use no swear words or have anything too explicit. This is one of the reasons why I only gave it 3.5, but this is because I’m reviewing it as an overall book, regardless of the target audience. Another issue I have with the book is that it is too unrealistic. I like when books are written so well that you could almost believe that these things could actually happen, but this was definitely not the case here, as, not only does the story not allow it, but it lacks enough descriptive narrative too.
There are good points of this book, one of the main ones being that the characters are all very well developed and memorable. They each have idiosyncrasies, dialogue suited to their personalities, and, by the end of the book, you know each one of them very well. It it also amusing at some points, particularly scenes involving Mrs Digby, who I think might be my favourite character.
Overall, this is a decent book with both humour and friendship, and is something I do recommend to younger audiences who are looking for a crime-solving type book, or who are just looking to get into reading.