CHERUB #1: The Recruit Award-winning by Robert Muchamore (author)

The Recruit

Suitable for 11 - 14 years

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A terrorist doesn’t let strangers into her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents… but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, copied her computer files and stolen her address book.

The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB is the secret training ground for young MI5 spies. CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar to get intelligence which sends criminals and terrorists to jail. So when tough kid James is recruited by CHERUB, he’s grateful. Now he’s away from the Children’s Home, and from trouble with the police. He thinks CHERUB has saved his life. But for how long?

Product Details

Catalogue number

9045 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25


CHERUB (book 1)






Hodder Children's Books

Date published

April 15th, 2004

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.5; Upper years; 11.0 points

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  • 336 pages



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  1. Fiamskwaj1
    on 5 March 2012


    Defiently one of the best books ive ever red. I was hooked way before the start of chapter 2! Cant wait to read the 2nd book! I lent this to my friend who doesnt read much and he loves it!

    5 out of 5

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  1. AngelofDeath
    on 7 March 2014

    Amazing. I think the best part was when James friends tell him to take off his navy cherub shirt without realising that he has earned it.

  2. Athena14
    on 5 March 2014

    No words to describe this book. Absolutely amazing and really believable. I want to be a CHERUB!

  3. vampglamdork
    on 13 July 2013

    I loved it!

    5 out of 5
  4. Bookworm81
    on 6 March 2013

    Wow, that’s one word I can give you for this book, its different and its unique, I remember seeing it on a website and saying its not for me, then I bought it and its now my favourite book.

    5 out of 5
  5. AthenaOwl
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is brillient for boys and girls alike as it is packed with humour,adventure, suspense and normal everyday life.

    5 out of 5
  6. pizza350
    on 7 November 2012

    loved this book! tells you all about the hardship of life and a great reccomender for people who like crime, adventure and secrets. :)

    5 out of 5
  7. kel8
    on 26 September 2012 action packed and full of humour.COOL!!

    3 out of 5
  8. CaptainThunderDan
    on 1 July 2012

    I Love this book. Definatly My Favorite book. Anyone that likes Alex Rider or MG Harris has got to read this book. Can’t wait for the movie to come out

    5 out of 5
  9. adamod99
    on 4 March 2012

    This book is amazing its all about a boy called James Adams and he becomes a member of CHERUB a society that has children who become spies and go on very important missions.

    5 out of 5
  10. hamy1710
    on 3 March 2012

    not for me

  11. kicky105
    on 3 March 2012

    This is a really interesting book, you’ll wish it was true! It makes you want to join CHERUB, and read about James and Lauren’s adventures!

  12. Narutorendan45
    on 1 March 2012

    WOW. Altogether in words I can only describe this book as being Incredibly-Amazing. I was at the library at School, looking around for a book that would interest me. Suddenly somebody comes up to me and suggests that I read this book. I take the book home, even though it wasn’t probably something that I would usually read. (I’m more into Vampire books, Mystery etc.)So, I read the first page and straight away I was hooked! My eyes would read the pages fast, because I was really getting into the book! All of the Action and the great storyline! I really clung to the Characters, especially James, and everything is described soo well that you can create a clear image of the setting in your head! I was so glad that the person had suggested this book to me, so I thanked her :) Even now, I am still reading Titles by Robert Muchamore. It’s true what they say “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” I always thought how in-complete my life would have been if I had never discovered this amazing book/ the CHERUB Series! DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED. A GREAT READ!

    5 out of 5
  13. raspberrybecky
    on 30 January 2012

    i feel so sorry for James choke and being in care was hard till he went to Cherub and meet Kerry,but he is pulled away from his sister which is sad but Kyle and Bruce take him to see his sister which is band but he wants to kill his sister real dad but he is not James’s dad, his sister is being abused so in the end she is put into care, and when James comes back from basic training he sees his sister again and forever what a happy ending doesn’t it. WARNING:little kids out this book has bad words in it!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  14. Denise99
    on 27 November 2011

    I loved this book. It’s exciting and funny. You really connect with the charracters. I would defnitely say this series is one of my favourite. Read it now

    5 out of 5
  15. Android
    on 21 July 2011

    This book is a serious yet thrilling book it had me begging for more!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  16. barnred123
    on 3 March 2011

    I think this was a very good book to start the series off.It’s great although the start is a bit sad

    5 out of 5
  17. SgtJames47
    on 3 March 2011

    I think this book is fantatic for wanna be teenage spies. I love the fact that you are ranked depending on the colour of your shirt.

    5 out of 5