Saturday, August 30, 2014

Middle Grade Book Review ~ "Janitors" by Tyler Whitesides

Janitors (Janitors, #1)Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased
Genre: Middle Grade Action /Adventure/Fantasy

Book Description: 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. Twelve-year-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: This is my son's favorite series of books (He is 11). I can see why he likes it so much. The book is full of action, adventure, and imagination.

Spencer is pulled into the world of the BEM (Bureau of Education Maintenance). There is a war brewing between the good and the bad janitors. Spencer is approached by both sides, but it takes a while to figure out who is good and who is bad.

In the meantime, toxites are invading the school. They use the brainwaves of children causing sleepiness and distracted behavior in students.

Magical janitorial equipment are the weapons used by warlocks, who happen to be janitors.

This book is very creative. I give it a high recommendation for reluctant readers as well as kids who like to read. It has many elements that will keep a child's attention.

Tyler Whitesides with my son.
About the Author (From Deseret Book):  TYLER WHITESIDES worked as a janitor at a middle school while attending college. It was there he discovered the many secrets and mysteries that can be hidden in a dusty school. Tyler graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. He enjoys fly fishing in the mountains, cooking, and vacuuming. Tyler and his wife, Connie, live in beautiful northern Utah.

The above picture of Tyler with my son is blurry.  I know it is.  My son is still mad at me for not getting a good picture. 


  1. I love this book. Seriously this is creativity. And the different species of Toxites and all those awesome magical Janitorial equipment really helped this series along.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

    1. It is amazing how creative Tyler Whitesides can be. I would never have thought to make brooms and vacuums have magical powers. :)

  2. Your son is 11 mine is 10...I hope he will like this series as well!


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