The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Ruby Redfort: Catch Your Death
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Ruby Redfort, Spectrum’s youngest secret agent, is doing some wilderness survival training, but she isn’t overly sure that she’s doing that well with it. Meanwhile, in her home town of Twinford, rare animals are on the loose, expensive jewellery is disappearing, and though she knows there is something sinister about a new perfume introduced at a local shop, Ruby can't quite put her finger on it.
The third in the Ruby Redfort series, Catch Your Death has a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) theme that parents and teachers may find useful as a way to enthuse girls in particular. Aside from that, it’s another great instalment of the popular crime mystery series which, as with all the books, features extra code and science-related content at the end. This time, there’s some information about how smell works, as well as some real-life background regarding Marie Antoinette’s lost perfume.