Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Janitors: Strike of the Sweepers!

Book Description: The stakes have never been higher, and you’ve never seen squeegees do this before! It is a wild and slightly unsanitary ride
as Spencer, Daisy, and the rebels find themselves chased by Mr. Clean’s new and terrifying breed of toxite—the Sweepers. Time
is short. With the fabled Manualis Custodem in hand, Spencer must figure out how to summon the founding witches if they
ever hope to mop up and save education. 

What critics are saying about Janitors:

“ 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

“An entertaining ruckus.” —Kirkus Reviews

“ Entertaining . . . with plenty of twists and turns.”
—Brandon Mull, author of Fablehaven and Beyonders series
“An enormously entertaining book.” —Orson Scott Card

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

What an awesome adventure! From the first chapter, when Walter uses a squeegee to open a portal to New Forest Academy, to the last hair-raising twist at the end, this book takes you on a wild ride. Spencer and the crew are dodging Sweepers, the latest incarnation of the brain-rotting Toxites, as they race the BEM to the location of the coveted Glop source. I love the way the group solves each problem that come up with a bit of ingenuity and teamwork. And there are even more fun Glopified weapons and tools to both aid and hinder their progress as they try to free the Founding Witches. 

I thought the squeegees that created portals were genius, and the garbage truck driving on the wall, not to mention the outhouse entrance to BEM's hidden layer, was just cool! Dez's  character left me guessing the whole time on which side he would ultimately prove loyal to, while the ending left me slack-jawed, and hungry for the next book. From the gross moments to the just dang awesome ones, this book will keep kids intrigued as they root for Spencer all the way. 

About the Author:
Tyler Whitesides worked as a janitor at an elementary school to put himself through college. He is the best-selling author
of the Janitors series. He graduated from Utah State with a degree in Music. In addition to writing YA novels, Tyler is an avid
composer and arranger of instrumental music. He and his wife—who teaches third grade—live in Logan, Utah.

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