My son has a new favorite series called The Janitors. He and his father have read them together, and every night they delight in the tales of children as they conquer monsters bent on stopping them from focusing in school, and an agency that wants only their students to be smart so they can take over the world. In this third installment that we were privileged to review, the story of how the Janitor’s and the Glop and all the mystery surrounding the strange creatures that sabotage education emerges. My son was enthralled and compared so many things to the book that I began to wonder if he had gotten reality mixed up with fiction. My teacher husband loved it, and is offering on his shelves for students and recommending to other teachers all the time. I even enjoyed the tidbits that I caught here and there as they read together, but will have to go back and steal it now that they have moved on to different tales, as they claimed it the second it arrived in our home! I love that my son loves to read, and that these stories have captured his imagination and interest. He is dyslexic, and sometimes struggles, but he has read the Janitor’s series with his Dad and on his own again and again, which has increased his comprehension and reading level. I know he read in his bed at night with a flashlight, but with such wonderful tales of good versus evil and kids and parents working together to save education, I can’t find a good reason to stop him. Janitor’s is a great series, that we will follow and read for many years to come. I expect it to join the ranks of other new classics like Harry Potter, and the Percy Jackson series. It is perfect reading for anyone in 3-5 grade, and even parents like myself can find interest in the story. Click on the pictures to be linked to Amazon to buy them, or check them out from your nearest library. They are well worth the read!
Janitors, Book 3: Curse of the Broomstaff
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.
Just in case you missed them:
Janitors, Book 1
No one takes Spencer Zumbro seriously when he tried to warn his classmates about the mysterious things prowling the halls and classrooms of Welcher Elementary School. But when he sees Marv, the janitor, going after one of the creatures with a vacuum, he knows he’s not the only one who can see them.
With the help of his new friends, Daisy, Spencer has to find out what the janitors know. The children’s search uncovers the magic taking place behind the scenes of their seemingly ordinary school, where a battle is being waged for the minds of the students. Who can be trusted – and can Spencer and Daisy protect their school and possibly the world?
Janitors, Book 2: Secrets of New Forest Academy
No one takes Spencer Zumbro seriously when he tries to warn his classmates about the mysterious things prowling the halls and classrooms of Welcher Elementary School. But when he sees Marv, the janitor, going after one of the creatures with a vacuum, he knows he’s not the only one who can see them. With the help of his new friend, Daisy, Spencer has to find out what the janitors know. The children’s search uncovers the magic taking place behind the scenes of their seemingly ordinary school, where a battle is being waged for the minds of the students. Who can be trusted – and can Spencer and Daisy protect their school and possibly the world?
Tyler Whitesides worked as a janitor at an elementary school to put himself through college. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. In addition to writing novels, Tyler is an avid composer and arranger of instrumental music. He and his wife, Connie, who teaches third grade, live in northern Utah.
5 thoughts on “Janitors Book 3 – Book Review”
I’m always looking for new books for my young bookworms. Thanks so much for sharing about the Janitors series! I’ll have to share this post with my daughter and see what she thinks. We need to load a few new books onto the NOOK! 😀
Thanks so much!
This sounds like a good book for a father and son to read together!
Sounds like an awesome series! Books make such great gifts for kids.
I’ve never heard of this series, but it sounds like it would be perfect for my nephew who just doesn’t read enough. I’ll get the series for him for Christmas!