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Author Robert Muchamore
Country United Kingdom
Genre Young adult spy fiction
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Published April 30, 2004
Media type
No. of books 16 + 1 short story

CHERUB () is a series of young adult spy novels, written by the English author Robert Muchamore, focusing around a division of the British Security Service called CHERUB, which employs children, predominantly orphans, all under the age of 17, as intelligence agents.[1]

Initially, the series follows James Choke, better known as James Adams (his adopted name at CHERUB), as he enters CHERUB and performs various missions. However, the focus later turns to his sister Lauren and several other characters who work alongside him, and in separate missions. The initial series of twelve novels runs from the recruitment of Adams to his retirement from CHERUB at age seventeen. The Aramov series of CHERUB follows Ryan Sharma, another CHERUB agent, however James Adams is re-introduced as a CHERUB staff member.

Muchamore also wrote a seven-part series called Henderson's Boys, which takes place during World War II and explains how CHERUB was created, following the path of a twelve-year-old French orphan who meets Charles Henderson and shows him how much help children can be to win the war. Henderson, following this, creates a small unit of children to be trained in espionage.

The series has achieved great critical success. Christopher Middleton of The Times called the series "convincing" and praised the way it allows readers to "grow up with the characters."[1] After release in the United Kingdom, the novels have been released in the US, New Zealand, and Australia, and translated into several languages including French, Danish, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Norwegian and Portuguese. On his website, Muchamore states that over 8 million copies have now been sold.[2] A film adaptation is also planned.[3]


  • Original series 1
    • The Recruit 1.1
    • Class A 1.2
    • Maximum Security 1.3
    • The Killing 1.4
    • Divine Madness 1.5
    • Man vs Beast 1.6
    • The Fall 1.7
    • Mad Dogs 1.8
    • The Sleepwalker 1.9
    • The General 1.10
    • Brigands M.C. 1.11
    • Shadow Wave 1.12
  • Aramov 2
    • People's Republic 2.1
    • Guardian Angel 2.2
    • Black Friday 2.3
    • Lone Wolf 2.4
  • Short stories 3
    • Dark Sun 3.1
  • Other publications 4
    • CHERUB: Ultimate Edition 4.1
    • The Recruit: The Graphic Novel 4.2
  • International releases 5
  • Setting 6
  • Characters 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Original series

The first series primarily follows James Adams, an adolescent who is later joined at CHERUB by his sister Lauren when their mother dies.

The Recruit

James joins CHERUB, tries to pass basic training. When he does, he goes on a mission to thwart an attack on an oil conference by eco-terrorist group Help Earth.[4]

Class A

Titled The Dealer in the United States and The Mission for 5,000 copies, James, Kyle, Kerry, Nicole, and mission controllers Zara and Ewart help to take down the cocaine supplier gang KMG. James' duty is to befriend the head of KMG's son to attempt to get valuable information on his dads business. [5]

Maximum Security

James and Dave go undercover in a maximum security prison in Arizona to break out the son of an illegal arms dealer. Their hope is that he will lead them to her.[6]

The Killing

James and Dave go to find out why a small-time crook suddenly appears to become extremely rich, and they uncover a plot much larger than a robbery.[7]

Divine Madness

James, Lauren and Dana investigate a religious cult named The Survivors in Australia with suspected links to an eco-terrorist organisation Help Earth.[8]

Man vs Beast

James, Lauren and Kyle infiltrate an animal-rights terrorist group.[9]

The Fall

When a mission in Russia goes wrong, James tries to clear his name after being implicated in the deaths of two MI5 agents, while Lauren goes on a mission to expose a sex slave trafficking gang.[10]

Mad Dogs

James and Bruce infiltrate a gang tussling with rivals for control of the Luton underworld after the collapse of KMG.[11]

The Sleepwalker

Lauren and Jake go undercover to befriend a boy who claims that his father is responsible for a deadly plane crash in the Atlantic.[12]

The General

James, Lauren, and other CHERUB agents befriend the SIS and play insurgents in a US army training exercise.[13]

Brigands M.C.

James, Lauren and Dante infiltrate a violent biker gang.[14]

Shadow Wave

James turns down a final mission at CHERUB guarding a corrupt politician, instead helping Kyle to expose the politician's wrongdoings.[15]


This series, also known as Aramov, involves an almost completely new cast of CHERUB agents, centred upon Ryan Sharma. However, characters from the original series appear occasionally. The first three books focus on a mission to dismantle the fictional Aramov Clan. As of December 2013, four novels have been announced.[16][17]

People's Republic

Ryan investigates (and befriends) a young boy called Ethan whose extended family are the leaders of a Kyrgyzstan-based terrorist group known as the Aramov Clan.[18]

Guardian Angel

Ryan is tasked with destroying the Aramov Clan.[19]

Black Friday

Ryan has to stop the biggest terrorist attack in US history as Aramov operations wind down, and James Adams returns to CHERUB campus.[20]

Lone Wolf

Ryan infiltrates a drug gang. Ning befriends Fay, a girl whose mother was murdered by the gang and may have vital information on how the organisation works.[17]

Short stories

Dark Sun

Released for The Sleepwalker and The General.[21]

Other publications

CHERUB: Ultimate Edition

CHERUB: Ultimate Edition consists of a map of CHERUB campus, a biography of Muchamore, and the novels The Recruit and Class A.

The Recruit: The Graphic Novel

The Recruit: The Graphic Novel was released as a graphic novel, illustrated by Ian Edginton and John Aggs. This book does not explain everything so it is preferable that you read the recruit book first.

International releases

The CHERUB novels have been released in twenty-seven countries to date.

First publication date Country
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • India
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • Serbia


The series takes place on CHERUB campus, the headquarters of the fictional titular British government agency CHERUB for which the children work. It was formed during World War II by Charles Henderson; a British spy who had used children during an operation in France. It is populated by around 350 adolescents and children, who live on the campus when not on a mission to help the police. No-one in the world knows where CHERUB campus is situated except its employees, members and certain police and high level members of the British government.

CHERUB began with a small number of boys which swelled in size as the government realised its worth. After several years of operation it took in a trial group of girls, which proved successful. Since then CHERUB campus has grown a significant amount, improving many of its facilities. The dojo was built on behalf of a successful operation that took place in Japan and the new mission preparation building was built by the chairman of the first 6 novels, Dr. McAfferty, better known as Mac. The present chairwoman is Zara Asker.[4]

After years of speculation, Muchamore said in the Henderson's Boys novel Eagle Day that CHERUB stood for Charles Henderson Espionage Research Unit B; this was later confirmed in Secret Army by Eileen McAfferty in a telegram.


  • James Adams is the main protagonist of the series. He is a strong male boy ranging from just under twelve to eighteen to years old through the course of the series. Although usually friendly, he does occasionally have anger management issues. During the series he has had two on-campus girlfriends, Kerry Chang and Dana Smith, as well as various girlfriends on missions. He gets on well with his half-sister Lauren Adams.
  • Lauren Adams is James' sister. She is headstrong and does well in missions, however she does create various schemes to pay people back for actions, which result in her receiving punishments. She has a boyfriend called Rat.
  • Kyle Blueman is another CHERUB agent who is friends with James. He was recruited when he was eight years old. He is homosexual, something that James has trouble coming to terms with. He is kind, but will also conduct revenge schemes, including one in which he exposes politician Tan Abdullah as conducting illegal activities in Shadow Wave, the twelfth book of the series.
  • Kerry Chang is a James' main love interest throughout the series. She befriends James in the first novel and helps him get through basic training.
  • Bruce Norris is a CHERUB agent who is friends with James. Bruce is a small but very strong kid. He is a campus karate champion.
  • Greg "Rat" Rathbone is about a year younger then James. He is Lauren Adams boyfriend. He was recruited in the 5th book Divine madness.

See also


  1. ^ a b Middleton, Christopher (2008-04-04). "Family bookclub: Robert Muchamore's The Recruit".  
  2. ^ Robert Muchamore (2012). "Biography". Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Robert Muchamore (2012). "CHERUB News – March 2009". Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
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  16. ^ "The New Series". Hodder & Stoughton. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  17. ^ a b "Robert Muchamore – CHERUB: Lone Wolf". Hachette Children's Books. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
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External links

  • Official website (UK)
  • French Fans website
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