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Take Your Last Breath

Written by Lauren Child

Part of the Ruby Redfort Series

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Take Your Last Breath

June 2013 Book of the Month  The second book in the Ruby series which follows the adventures of Ruby, a genius code-breaker, daring detective and gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. Ruby and her slick sidekick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and fend off evil villains remaining ice-cool in every crisis.

The Ruby series began with Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes. Click here to download an extract.

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Take Your Last Breath Synopsis

Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. So break out boredom with multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Child, and meet your new favourite heroine...Ruby Redfort: detective, secret agent, thirteen-year-old kid.

Everyone's favourite kid detective is back for a second mind-blowing instalment, packed with all the off-the-wall humour, action and friendship of the first book. This time, though, it's an adventure on the wide open ocean, and Ruby is all at sea...Can she crack the case of the Twinford pirates while evading the clutches of a vile sea monster as well as the evil Count von Viscount? Well, you wouldn't want to bet against her...

Click here to visit the Ruby Redfort website - Have you got what it takes to be a secret agent?!

And join in the chat on the Ruby Redfort facebook page!

Take Your Last Breath 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.'

Take Your Last Breath Press Reviews

Praise for Ruby Redfort:

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

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

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




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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007334094
Publication date: 06/06/2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007334087
Publication date: 27/09/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007334094
Publication date: 6th June 2013
Author: Lauren Child
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Lauren Child

A World Book Day Author 2019 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 ...

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