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Blink and You Die

Written by Lauren Child

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October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! | Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child’s superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone even more dangerous and ruthless than Ruby’s arch enemy The Count, is out to get Ruby. What should she do? Stay indoors and wait for someone else to do something? Or go out there, root out the trouble and save herself? With Ruby, there’s only ever one option: death or glory! A typically fabulous story of revelations, mushrooms and double crossings follows culminating in a wonderful scene that has some characters literally hanging by an eyelash, and all loose ends elegantly tied up. No-one could ever match Ruby for brains, panache or pzazz, and she will be sorely missed!

There are wonderfully independent girl sleuths in Robin Stevens’s popular Murder Most Unladylike series, while Caleb Crisp’s Ivy Pocket books are inventive, stylish, idiosyncratic mysteries too. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, Look Into My Eyes. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Cara, age 9 - 'Ruby Redfort is very Adventurous, and I think it's cool with all the codes that Clancy and Ruby made up.'
  • Katherine Sheldon, age 12 - 'All in all an amazing book which kept me turning the pages until a fantastic ending, can't wait to read the next one!!'
  • Lucy Evans, age 8 - 'My mum got so annoyed when I was reading it, because I never wanted to put it down, not even to go to bed!'
  • Natalie Hunter, age 12 - 'I really love Ruby Redfort and enjoy the mystery. I think the characters individual personalities are brilliant. I also like how the main character though super smart, acts like your average 13yr old.' 
  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'This is a cleverly written mystery book, the casual remarks made throughout are important in solving the mysteries, this is what really draws you in and keeps you engaged all the way through.'
  • Year 6, Freegrounds Junior School - 'We read this book as a class and loved it - we almost couldn't put it down...Loved the book, great main character and fast plot.'
  • Jessamyn Doore, age 16 - 'Saw this and was reminded of my Clarice Bean reading days.  Just had to give it a go and was so glad I did.  Ruby Redford is great!'
  • Hannah Pendel, age 10 - 'Hold onto your hats, Ruby has been recruited for spectrum. A secret spy agency hidden from the world. Is she really capable of saving gold - but is it the gold that needs saving?'
  • Lily Boniface, age 15 - 'This is the best adventure book I have read in a long time. It had just the right amount of ‘on the edge of my seat’ suspence and mystery to keep you guessing.'
  • Isabel Kardos-Stowe, age 10 - 'This is a great book that really draws you in. You just have to turn over every page...I won't tell you much about the book but you HAVE to read it.'
  • Daisy Theobald, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book because I love mystery. As soon as I read the first page I was gripped.'

Synopsis

Blink and You Die by Lauren Child

Ruby Redfort: Undercover agent, ace code-breaker, thirteen-year-old genius. In the sixth and final book, the stakes are higher than ever; no one is safe and even the most dangerous criminals are running scared.
Luckily, Ruby’s parents are as blissfully unaware as ever and Hitch, Mrs Digby and Clancy are on hand to help. But can Ruby wisecrack her way out of danger and outwit her enemies?

In this taut new adventure, Ruby must root out a hidden adversary, crack complex new codes and solve a decades-old mystery. Along the way, she encounters rare mushrooms, UFOs, yellow snakes and more than a few red herrings! Nothing is as it seems and as Ruby gets closer to the truth, she uncovers a deadly trail of deceit and is forced to question everything she believes to be true

Reviews

Praise for Lauren Child:

'Lauren Child is a publishing phenomenon' - Observer Magazine

'Lauren Child is so good it's exhilarating' - The Independent

Praise for the Ruby Redfort series:

'The coolest girl hero in years ... Child refuses to write down to her tween and teen audience and challenges readers with more twists than a curling tongs party The Times

'Redfort is one of the best things to happen to ten-plus British fiction' The Times

Praise for Clarice Bean

'Lauren Child has put imagination and fun back into the real worlds of childhood' - Julia Eccleshare, Guardian

'Cool, punchy, stylish' - Sun

'A cracking adventure' - Mail

'What more could adventure-loving girls want?' - The Sunday Times

About the Author

Lauren Child

The Children's Laureate

Lauren Child burst on to the children’s books scene in 1999 and has since published many bestselling and awardwinning books, including those featuring the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been made into an award-winning TV series and have sold in many languages with runaway success.

In December 2008 she was named as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, and was awarded an MBE in 2009.

Lauren Child is the 10th Waterstones Children's Laureate. Of the role she said, “I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure. In an increasingly fast paced world, children need the freedom to dream and imagine; to enjoy reading, drawing and telling their own stories without value judgement or restraint”.

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded every two years to an author or illustrator of children’s books to “celebrate outstanding achievement in their field and recognise the important contribution children’s literature makes to cultural life”. Child’s tenure will run until June 2019, which will mark 20 years since the post was inaurgurated by Quentin Blake and since Child published her first book.

Child revealed that that Blake was a huge inspiration to her. “When I was little, it never occurred to me to think of authors and illustrators as actual human beings," she said. "Then I saw Quentin on television live drawing on “Jackanory”, so he became a real-life illustrator to me and that made it something it was possible to become.”

Other previous post-holders include Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Malorie Blackman.

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Hardback

Author

Lauren Child
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Author's Website

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Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

6th October 2016

ISBN

9780007334285

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