Middle Grade Review of Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

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Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

Age Range: 9 – 12

Series: Janitors (Book 1)

Genre: Fantasy

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Shadow Mountain (July 20, 2011)

Source: Bought

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

The magical, secretive society of JANITORS will sweep the country in the
fall of 2011. Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you
easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find
yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your
fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it s
draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelveyear- old Spencer Zumbro,
with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with
and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers.
Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school
and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children s fantasy
series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You ll never look at a mop
the same way again.

My Thoughts:

Magic and adventure awaits!  When Spencer washes his face with a
suspicious soap at school, he suddenly starts seeing creatures
everywhere. Things get even stranger when he is approached by a man that
wants him to steal something from the janitors at his school. Together
with his new friend Daisy, Spencer embarks on a mission to figure out
what is really going on at school.

I really liked a lot of things about this book. First off, it was pretty
fun to read. Kids will like the magic and unlikely heroes that live
within its pages. The characters are likeable and the janitors
(especially Marv) are fantastic.

The only downside to this book is that it is very similar to every other
middle grade fantasy out there. The characters learn about a magical
world hidden from everyone else and engage in multiple fights and
battles to save the world. If your child has read a lot of fantasy, they
might find the similarities tedious.  Otherwise, it’s a fun, action
packed, magical romp through an elementary school’s halls.

Content: Some violence, but nothing graphic or gruesome.

3 STARS

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