Friday, August 23, 2013

NEW Children's Fantasy Series: Janitors (books 1 & 2)

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.

Janitors (Janitors, #1) Secrets of New Forest Academy (Janitors, #2) Curse of the Broomstaff (Janitors, #3)
by Tyler Whitesides
$12.78 (hardcover)
$.99 (kindle)

About the book
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.

Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy
by Tyler Whitesides
$16.14 (hardcover)
$10.44 (kindle)
Audio Versions also available.

About the book
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?

My thoughts:
hmmm. I have to say I really struggled with this series - not because I didn't think they were good, well written or funny - they are. I think it's because I'm an adult and well, they just didn't really catch my attention. I believe kids would really like them - middle grade kids (especially boys) love things that are dirty, gross and well... they'd probably love a series that includes creatures that only certain kids can see and when these creatures feed off kid's brainpower, chalk dust, germs and dig in the trash? Well, I think you get the idea!

Each of the books is written from the perspective of Spencer and includes his new friend Daisy. Spencer is a kid who is part of a broken family, neglected by his mother who is a messy mom, has to many kids and Spencer has learned to accept things as they come even though he hates the chaos & especially germs! After getting tricked into helping an agent who they think is one of the "good" guys after the janitors - they learn the true story behind the janitors and how they work to protect the schools. 

If you have a kid you think might enjoy a series like this - especially if they like mystery, messes, fast action and a little science fiction this series might be right up their alley. I would get the first book and see how they like it and go from there.

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About the author: 
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.

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read and review on CCB. I was not required to have a positive review and no $$ exchanged hands. Thanks for reading. =D

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