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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609076745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609076740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 with a degree in music. In addition to writing 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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It has plenty of action and adventure.
Aimee Brown
Last year, we purchased Janitors, Book 1 for my daughter's 4th grade teacher and she read it to the class.
R. J. Christensen
Can't wait for the next book to come out soon.
Tracy Herington

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Christensen on September 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ever have a hard time finding a book that will keep your child's attention? How about 3 great books that your child will devour? You should definitely read this series!

First off, I must share that my daughter says, "Magical creatures are awesome!"
She also loved that the kids in the stories have special tools--janitor tools that are magic, including glop. I think that sounds fantastic! She said it is a good book for kids because the janitors preserve education--evil creatures try to take it away! I love it when my kids can grasp a take-away from a book like that.

Last year, we purchased Janitors, Book 1 for my daughter's 4th grade teacher and she read it to the class. According to report, the kids begged the teacher to keep reading every day. They LOVED Janitors by Tyler Whitesides!

The latest book is here and the cover had my kids ogling over it for a good long time. Tyler Whitesides is a phenom children's author with a clean writing style that lends easily to a fantastical world full of heroic janitors who conquer evil. You'll never look at a mop in the same way!
I witnessed my daughter (5th grader now) read this book for an hour and a half straight. She took every opportunity to finish the captivating story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Staley on September 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Janitors has become one of my favorite Middle Grade series. As a teacher, I'm often asked by students and parents what books/series I recommend they read. Janitors is one that I highly recommend and often do.

There is so much to love about this third book. ( I also strongly advise you read the first two books in the series because it will make your read so much more enjoyable.) The main characters,sixth-graders Spencer and Daisy, have grown into their roles as true heroes and rebel fighters. They prove over and over again how much they have learned, and save the day quite often in this book. They are awesome using their magical weapons/tools: flying brooms, Glopified mops,and plungers. The action escalates in book three and is as messy as ever. (This is in reference to the world's greatest school cafeteria food fight!)

What is truly funny is the message from the author at the beginning of the book.

"Dear Reader,

Here it is: the third installment in the JANITORS series. And I must admit, this is definitely the trashiest book I've ever written. No, literally. This book is full of garbage.

This time, our young heroes must venture deep into an enchanted landfill. They will battle heaps of living garbage and hike through distorted trashscapes as they discover a mysterious group of kids living among the refuse, harboring a centuries-old secret that could save the future of education. As you can see, I take garbage very seriously."

It is so true! Poor Spencer who hates germs and getting dirty has his hands full. I loved all of the new characters and creatures that were introduced. Taylor really hiked up the intensity of the action and suspense. It was also a plus to see more interaction between Spencer and his father Alan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By syd slay on November 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter is not a giant fan of reading, but she has taken quite an interest in these books! Great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Tripp on September 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When is the next book coming out? I can hardly wait. I love these books.
You have to read this series. Totally enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on September 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Whitesides has done it again. Curse of the Broomstaff is another creative, delightful read with plenty of excitement and new characters. The way the author takes janitorial supplies and turns them into different types of tools makes for fun reading. Windex turns things into glass, orange cleaning spray heals, and the razorblade that turns into a sword are just a few of the new items seen in book 3. Bernard Weizmann makes an appearance as a garbologist, someone who reads trash the way a dog reads scents with his nose. And who would have expected a garbage truck as a getaway vehicle. With enough fight scenes to satisfy even the most demanding reader, the book moves at a brisk pace as Spencer and his father, Walter, Daisy, Penny, and Bernard set off to locate the other Aurans and hopefully discover the source of all Glop. It turns out that Toxites (which suck up children's brainwaves) come directly from Glop and if the source can be destroyed maybe Toxites can be too. But what will happen if the Aurans don't want the Glop destroyed? And can Spencer and the others take on the new extension toxites and their riders, called Pluggers? A wonderful addition to the series, sure to be popular where middle grade fantasy is enjoyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Hill on September 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As I have stated so many times before, fantasies are not often my thing. This is the third book in the series, and I have not as yet read the first two. But this is definitely a stand-alone book, so don't let that keep you from enjoying this book. Even though this book is not my genre of preference, I can still recognize several things that lead to such a positive review from me.

First of all, there is no profanity and no inappropriate scenes. All "violence" is cartoonish and not scary. I find it ironic to call a book about garbage "clean." But indeed it is! I am quite sure this book would appeal to my daughter in a couple of years, and I can hope that she will make the time to read the series eventually.

Secondly, the story is imaginative and has redeeming qualities. Good triumphs over evil, and I can only hope that another book will be forthcoming. The fact that the setting is school-related makes the book even more intriguing--especially to the younger set.

So what were my complaints? I found the story rather tiresome at times, but the chapters were short. This made the dragging story much more bearable. Even though the book is able to be comprehended without the first two books, I would have liked a little more detail about why this ongoing war was occurring. I also struggled to become emotionally involved with the story and the characters, but that probably goes back to my disinterest in fantasy novels. In short, my complaints are few, and for all practical purposes, this is an ideal young adult fantasy.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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