Ruby Red­fort: Pick Your Poi­son

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ -

Au­thor: Lau­ren Child Pub­lisher: HarperCollins Chil­dren’s Books

ISBN: 9780007334278

FIRST in­tro­duced in au­thor Child’s award-win­ning Clarice Bean nov­els, Ruby Red­fort now has her own se­ries.

The 13-year-old se­cret agent has been in four nov­els of her own so far, and this marks her fifth out­ing. An ace code-cracker, Ruby has helped put away her fair share of dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals, while bal­anc­ing school work and the usual teenage stuff.

But some­one’s out to get her, and para­noia soon sets in. There’s a mole in the se­cret or­gan­i­sa­tion she works for and ev­ery­one’s a sus­pect – in­clud­ing her­self, as Ruby finds out. Ruby’s a cool cat but who can she trust, if no one trusts her?

There’s plenty of ad­ven­ture with clues, puz­zles, se­cret en­trances, amaz­ing gad­gets and even kung fu.

Our young hero­ine can leap tall build­ings and prac­ti­cally scale walls, which per­son­ally, seems a tad too much.

But then, any­thing goes if you want to keep the young ones en­ter­tained. The plot and the pace is in­deed quite ab­sorb­ing.

My prob­lem with it is that just when you start get­ting into the thick of things, you find your­self at the end with a cliff-hanger.

Want to know what hap­pens next? Wait for the fi­nal book in the Ruby Red­fort se­ries – Blink and You Die. – K.K. Wong

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