The Cheetah Girls (novel series)

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The Cheetah Girls is a 16-book novel series created and written by Deborah Gregory. The series, which began in 1999, is about a female vocal group seeking success and fortune. In the book series, there are five Cheetah Girls, but in the first film adaption and its sequel, there are only four. In the third film installment, there are only three.

Novels[edit]

1999
  • The Cheetah Girls #01: Wishing on a Star
  • The Cheetah Girls #02: Shop in the Name of Love
  • The Cheetah Girls #03: Who's 'Bout to Bounce?
  • The Cheetah Girls #04: Hey, Ho, Hollywood!
2000
  • The Cheetah Girls #05: Woof, There It Is
  • The Cheetah Girls #06: It's Raining Benjamins
  • The Cheetah Girls #07: Dorinda's Secret
  • The Cheetah Girls #08: Growl Power
2001
  • The Cheetah Girls #09: Showdown at the Okie-Dokie
  • The Cheetah Girls #10: Cuchifrita, Ballerina
  • The Cheetah Girls #11: Dorinda Gets a Groove
  • The Cheetah Girls #12: In the House With Mouse!

Books New Edition[edit]

2002
  • The Cheetah Girls #13: Oops, Doggy Dog!
2003
  • The Cheetah Girls Livin' Large! Books 1-4, Bind-Up #1
  • The Cheetah Girls Supa Dupa Sparkle! Books 5-8, Bind-Up #2
2004
  • The Cheetah Girls Growl Power Forever! Books 9-12, Bind-Up #3
  • The Cheetah Girls: Movie Junior Novel
2005
  • The Cheetah Girls: Off the Hook! Books 13-16, Bind-up #4
  • The Cheetah Girls Quiz Book
  • The Cheetah Girls Supa-Star Scrapbook
  • The Cheetah Girls: Cheetah Chatter
2006
  • The Cheetah Girls: Movie Junior Novel 2
  • XOXO, The Cheetah Girls

Film[edit]

The Cheetah Girls is a 2003 movie based on the book, which resulted in the spinoff of a girl group by the same name. In 2006, the sequel to The Cheetah Girls, The Cheetah Girls 2 premiered on Disney Channel. The movies star Raven-Symoné, Sabrina Bryan, Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams of another girl group 3LW. The popularity of the first movie spawned a real-life girl group, The Cheetah Girls, featuring all the stars of the movie, except Raven-Symoné.

Characters[edit]

On the book covers, each character is portrayed by a model. The real-life R&B girl group Before Dark posed as three of the girls on the book covers.

  • Chanel "Chuchie" Simmons is of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent and is noted for her trademark mini-micro braids. Chanel has a flair for designer clothing (notably, she shares the last name of designer Coco Chanel and the perfume Chanel) and once charged hundreds of dollars on her mother's credit card. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is very body conscious, and developed somewhat of an eating disorder near the end of the book series. She and Galleria took ballet lessons until grade 6. Chanel continues to practice ballet. Her interests include hair and singing. She lives with her mother and brother, Pucci in SoHo. In the films, she is portrayed by Adrienne Bailon.
  • Anginette "Angie" Walker is of African-American descent, is the only member of the group not to narrate a book in the series, and the only main character cut out of the movie adaptation. She lets her twin sister, Aquanette Walker, do most of the talking, and is very sneaky. She lives with her sister and father on the Upper West Side. Her nicknames include 'Angie' and 'Nettie Two.' She loves horror movies, and wants to be a doctor one day. She also loves gospel music. There is no Anginette in the Cheetah Girls films, because Deborah Gregory couldn't find twin girls to play both her and Aqua and just decided to drop Angie from the movies.
  • Aquanette "Aqua" Walker, Aqua for short and sister Anginette, narrates in the books "Hey, Ho, Hollywood!", "Growl Power!", "In the House with Mouse" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Cheetah Stars". Her character is also used in The Cheetah Girls, where she is portrayed by Kiely Williams, former member of 3LW. She moved from Houston, Texas to New York with her father when her parents separated. In the books, Aquanette and her sister are known for having the strongest voices in the group. She has a warm personality, and constantly carries hot sauce in her purse. She and Anginette Walker live on the Upper West Side. Aqua is very religious, and attends church every Sunday. Unlike her sister, she is aggressive, and speaks her mind when she is unhappy. Her interests include horror movies, animals, and one day becoming a doctor. She has three pets: two guinea pigs and a dog.
  • Dorinda "Do' Re Mi" Rogers narrates "Who's Bout To Bounce?", "Dorinda's Secret", "Dorinda Gets a Groove" and "Bring It On!". Dorinda was born to a white mother and African-American father. Dorinda describes herself as a scrambled egg due to her racial mixing. Although she is 12 years old, she attends the Ninth grade at Fashion Industries High School. She is the smartest of the group, and the best dancer. She is also a foster child, and lives with ten other children in the housing projects of Harlem, New York. She eventually locates her biological sister, Tiffany. In the movie, she is the same age as all the other Cheetah Girls. The character appears in the movies as Dorinda Thomas and is portrayed by the Latina American (of Caucasian and Mexican descent) actress Sabrina Bryan.

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