Ruby Redfort Pick Your Poison – Lauren Child


        Ruby Redfort Pick Your Poison – Lauren Child, Candlewick Press, (9780763654719), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Mystery

What did you like about the book?  Ruby Redfort, teen spy, is back in action in her fifth book.  In this adventure, Ruby must save the day and the world while being grounded and forced to babysit a 1-year-old.  Ruby uses her smarts and code-breaking abilities for her job at Spectrum and is watched over by Hitch who blends in as the family butler.  Being a thirteen year old is hard enough without adding in poisonous snakes, rumors and traitors.  Set in 1972, this series allows the reader to travel back to a time before ipads, Snapchat and apps.  Today’s readers will be amazed at what Ruby can do without having the internet to fall back on. Readers who love solving codes will love trying to solve them along with Ruby. A fun blend of espionage, mystery and humor this one is sure to please Ruby Redfort fans.  Readers new to the series may want to start from the first book, although the author does try to describe the previous cases.  Ruby is a strong , independent heroine.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This one will be enjoyed by fans of Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew series and the Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, if you enjoyed the others in the series.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/21/17             

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