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CHERUB: The Recruit

Red House Children's Book Award, 2005

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The first title in the number one bestselling CHERUB series! James hits rock bottom before he’s offered a new start in an intriguing organisation …

A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in 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, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

Praise for the CHERUB series:
‘Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what’s more, you’ll completely wish it was true’ – Sunday Express
‘Crackling tension and high-octane drama’ – Daily Mail
‘A really good book that you could re-read over and over again’ – Guardian
‘Pacy writing, punchy dialogue and a gripping plot, it’s got it all’ – Daily Express
‘Fast-moving action … and cool gadgets!’ – The Times

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A skilful writer and the book has great pace.
Financial Times
An excellent start to a promising series. It is every boy's wish to be a spy, and this book will enthrall every single one of them.
The Bookseller
Readers should brace themselves for an action-packed ride
The Daily Express
Cherub is an absolute must for everyone who enjoys a thrilling book which keeps you interested at all times.
A fast-paced action thriller, which should turn into a fantastic series - if James manages to live that long.
Young Post
I loved this book.
Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries
Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely wish it was true.
The Sunday Express
[A] pacey spy thriller... taut writing and powerful descriptions
Time Out
This series is easy to get hooked on and will keep you enthralled for days .. a surefire winner
Yorkshire Evening Post
Cracking stuff
Aberdeen Evening Express
Fast-paced, all-action, absolutely addictive
Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle
Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely wish it was true
Sunday Express
A tough, unsentimental and wonderfully imaginative story
Bournemouth Daily Echo
An exciting, swiftly moving tale
School Librarian
Action all the way
Ireland on Sunday
A thoroughly enjoyable book ... gripping and one that will stay with you for a while
Oliver Seymour, aged 12, Surrey Today
I give this book 10 out of 10 because I could never put it down
The Guardian
Packed full of non-stop James Bond style action and is very funny too
Lewis Fairfax, aged 12, Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle
Exciting and definitely unputdownable!
Essex Chronicle
You can't put this book down ... full of adventure and mischief with just a touch of romance!
Gloucestershire Echo