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The Recruit begins with eleven-year-old James Choke in his combined science class in his first term of secondary school, where he accidentally slashes classmate Samantha Jennings' face with a nail on the wall after she teases him about his mother's obesity.
He shoves his teacher over and runs home, an offence he is later expelled for, to find his stepfather Ronald "Ron" Onions visiting his mother, Gwen Choke. He goes back to school to pick up his nine-year-old half-sister, Lauren Onions and they eat dinner at a local burger bar.
They return home to find Ron gone and Gwen asleep, with multiple missed calls from the school on her phone and a note from the Deputy Head Teacher pushed under the door. Later that night, James discovers that Gwen has died, which he later finds out is due to her consuming alcohol while taking painkillers. Lauren, however, is taken to live with her father Ron, who dislikes James and doesn't allow him to visit her. Contrary to Kyle's advice, James befriends Rob Vaughn and his friends.
A few weeks later, on his twelfth birthday, James is called in to the police station, where he receives a caution for assaulting Samantha Jennings and his teacher, Cassandra Voolt.
Later that night, Rob and his cronies convince him to steal a pack of beer from an off-licence. The shopkeeper catches him after two of Rob's cronies block the door, preventing James from escaping. He is escorted to the police station, where he is placed in a cell and his statement recorded. Terrence "Mac" McAfferty. He passes all the entrance tests, and is then sent back to Nebraska House to decide whether or not he wants to join.
Kyle reveals that he was sent to recruit new agents, and chose him. Despite nearly quitting after spending Christmas night outside in their underwear, they both pass. Shortly after arriving back on campus, he finds out that Lauren has joined CHERUB as well and Ron has been sentenced to nine years in jail for physically abusing her and selling contraband cigarettes.
Two months later, Amy tells James that their swimming lessons are over, and they have a mission together. There, they discover that brothers Fire and World Dunn are planning an anthrax attack against oil executives and politicians, including the United States Secretary of Energy and the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at Petrocon, an oil conference held in the nearby Green Brooke Conference Centre.
They successfully prevent the attack, although accomplice Brian "Bungle" Evans manages to escape. Development for both The Recruit and the CHERUB series as a whole began in when Muchamore was visiting his sister in Australia and found his twelve-year-old nephew complaining about the lack of any good reading material. This draft was more violent than the published version, with James slashing Samantha's face open with broken glass. He was rejected by the first agent but taken on by the second.
Many different publishing companies disliked the novel and rejected Muchamore once again. The Recruit received generally good reviews, and was nominated for eight awards, seven of which it won.
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CHERUB: The Recruit
The Recruit begins with eleven-year-old James Choke in his combined science class in his first term of secondary school, where he accidentally slashes classmate Samantha Jennings' face with a nail on the wall after she teases him about his mother's obesity. He shoves his teacher over and runs home, an offence he is later expelled for, to find his stepfather Ronald "Ron" Onions visiting his mother, Gwen Choke. He goes back to school to pick up his nine-year-old half-sister, Lauren Onions and they eat dinner at a local burger bar. They return home to find Ron gone and Gwen asleep, with multiple missed calls from the school on her phone and a note from the Deputy Head Teacher pushed under the door.