Monday, December 9, 2013

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

Eleven-year-old James is a bit of a troublemaker, but there is no doubt he has a keen mind. When he and his sister are orphaned, he finds himself recruited to be part of a teen spy group. After all, who would suspect children of bugging houses and doing recon work? He has a very rigorous basic training to make it through, and if he gets through that, his first mission.

I picked this one up because it is popular among preteen and teen boys at my library, so I thought I should check it out. It is a fast read, rather predictable, but with characters who offer a bit more in complexity than I had expected, particularly some of the minor characters. I found that James's behavior wasn't always believable for an eleven-year-old boy, but I doubt younger readers will have an issue with that. There is a lot of fast-paced action here, and while I don't personally feel the need to continue with the series, I'll definitely be recommending it to young readers at my library.

Books in the CHERUB series:
1. The Recruit 
 2. Class A aka The Dealer
3. Maximum Security
4. The Killing
5. Divine Madness
6. Man Vs Beast
7. The Fall
8. Mad Dogs
9. The Sleepwalker
10. The General
11. Brigands M.C.
12. Shadow Wave 

The Recruit (#1 in the CHERUB series) by Robert Muchamore (Simon Pulse, 2004)

1 comment:

  1. I have never heard of this series before. I am not sure how it hasn't come up considering how big the series is!


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