The Recruit (Cherub #1)

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The Recruit (Cherub #1)
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August 30, 2005
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068987779X
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CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they're not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists and international drug dealers. CHERUB agents hack into computers, bug entire houses, and download crucial documents. It is a highly dangerous job. For their safety, these agents DO NOT EXIST.James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He and his sister were recently orphaned, and James has been in a lot of trouble. But he is brilliant in math. And CHERUB needs him. After one hundred days, the grueling training period is over. But the adventure has just begun.

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The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
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The novel opens with eleven (soon to be twelve) year-old James Choke at school. Teacher’s pet Samantha Jennings relentlessly teases James about his obese, stolen goods dealing mother Gwen. James retaliates pushing Samantha against the wall. She cuts her face on a protruding nail. Panicked James flees the classroom knocking his teacher down in the process. James’ day only gets worse when Samantha’s older brother Greg corners him, shreds his clothes with a knife and delivers a mighty punch to his stomach.

Before James can tell his mother about what happened at school Gwen tragically passes away after drinking alcohol while on prescription medication. James and his nine-year-old tomboy half-sister Lauren are taken to Nebraska Home, a care home. The next morning Lauren is told she is going to live with father Ron – but he does not want James.

James is befriended by thirteen-year-old Kyle Blueman, whom he shares a room with at Nebraska Home. Despite warnings from Kyle, James falls in with the wrong crowd and after he offends teen gang ring leader Rob Vaughn, the boys set him up to get caught in a liquor store robbery.

The next morning following his arrest James wakes up at an unknown facility where he finds everyone is wearing different coloured t-shits and no one will give him a straight answer. James finally meets Dr. Terrance ‘Mac’ McAfferty, who explains that he is at the training campus for CHERUB, a top secret intelligence branch of MI5, where youth aged ten to seventeen undergo extensive training to become spies.

Mac puts James through three entrance tests. If he passes them – he can then choose if he wishes to train to become a secret agent. After passing the recruitment test James returns to Nebraska House where he learns that roommate Kyle and the home’s counsellor work for CHERUB and arranged for James to be recruited.

Three weeks after his arrival James is partnered with Kerry Chang and enters 100 day gruelling training programme under the sadistic Norman Large. Will he pass basic training, earn his grey t-shirt and become a CHERUB agent?

The narrative is written is first person and is easy to read with short chapters. There is plenty of action and adventure to keep readers turning the pages.

The book does feature some moderate language and violence. The central protagonist is a flawed character – he has anger issues, smokes, drinks alcohol, steals, vandalises property. But ultimately James’ redeemable feature is that he cares for his sister Lauren and he begins to develop a moral compass and come to terms with the idea that the good guys have do bad things and the bad guys aren’t necessarily all bad.

The novel tackles some tough topics that would be relevant to young adults such as bullying, peer pressure, alcohol and drug abuse, crime, the loss of a parent and grief.

I would recommend this book for audiences aged 11+. It is probably going to appeal most to younger teen boys.
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Love it!! Just love it!!!
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I really wish this were true, and it wasn't only just in England, but everywhere. I hope that Robert Muchamore based this book on truth, because it sounds awesome. I would pretend to be an orphan just to get a chance to get in!

I love this idea of a children department of MI5, and it's true that criminals don't expect the police to be little children who are best friends with their children! The concept of this is just awesome!

I think that James is a bit of a...you know, not a good guy. I think he is kind of selfish, and I don't like characters like that. I loved Kerry, she was a strong character with a kick-ass personality. She seems like a really awesome person to know.

Waste your time and read this book, its truly worth the waste!
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Wish it were real...
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This book is about a boy called James Choke and his sister Lauren. Their mum is a shoplifting leader, and she dies because of drinking alchohol straight after her pill, which she wasn't supposed to do.

So anyway, Lauren's dad (Ron) takes Lauren in, but James is forced to go instead to an orphanage, where he hooks up with some gangsters and pretty much gets into all sorts of trouble. Until one day, he is recruited by Cherub, a secret agent organisation made up of... not adults but kids. Here James runs into even more trouble, but he also makes some really good friends.

If you want to know more, you should read the book. Trust me, you won't be wasting your time, this is a fantastic book!!!

I wish it were true... I would love to get recruited by a secret organisation... just saying! You'll finish the book and wish that it was really true!
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Awesome-ness-ness!
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Reader reviewed by Bob Marley

This adventure packed book is  about James Choke and his Sister Lauren whose shoplifting  gang leader mom dies. James has a rough time at school and after his mom died he was sent to a childrens home....... curious whats next???...... Read it to find out!!!!!!! OR ELSE! hahaha great book read the whole series!
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