Middle Grade Review of Curse of the Broomstaff

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Janitors 3: Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides

Age range: 9+

Grade level: 4+

Series: Janitors (Book 3)

Hardcover: 360 pages

Publisher: Shadow Mountain; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels. It s a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels. 

Praise for the Janitors Series: 

“An enormously entertaining book.” Orson Scott Card

“Spins plenty of action . . . an entertaining ruckus.” Kirkus Reviews

“Action-packed and surprising! Readers will become convinced of the value of telling the truth, while having a lot of fun along the way.” Publishers Weekly

“Entertaining . . . with plenty of twists and turns.” Brandon Mull, author of Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

My Thoughts:

This is the third installment in the Janitors series. Spencer and Daisy meet some new characters and connect with some old ones as well. The dangers are bigger and the stakes higher. The BEM is more powerful than ever and is always one step ahead. This time however, Spencer and his friends find a key piece of evidence that answers a lot of their questions. It also sets them on a course to end toxites once and for all.

This is a fun series, and I know a lot of kids like it. The books are well written, nicely paced, action packed, and full of humor. The perfect recipe for a good middle grade fantasy.

Content: some violence

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

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