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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Janitors (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609070143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609070144
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tyler is sensational! As the librarian, I am so thrilled because all the kids can t wait to read his book. --Barbara Green, Eaglecrest Elementary

Tyler did a wonderful job. We were enthralled. --A teacher, Cache County School District

Ty did an excellent job. Right now we have 31 holds on our 4 books! --Media Specialist, Cache County School District

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, who teaches third grade, live in 978-1-60908-056-3 978-1-60908-075-4 Logan, Utah.

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This is the second book in the series and I can't wait for the next.
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My son read the first book in the series and loved it, so we purchased this for him as soon as it was released.
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Readers who like fantasy, adventure, action, and the idea of saving a school will enjoy reading this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Spencer and Daisy are sent off to a remote private school while the BEM has staked out Spencer's home and school hoping to get their hands on him. But once they arrive at New Forest Academy (along with their ever-present bully Dez), their rebel janitor contact is nowhere to be found. And Spencer is still in danger. Meanwhile, he has been having strange visions that come at seemingly random times.

This exciting sequel is packed full of adventure, mystery, suspense, grotesque creatures, and plenty of humor. This installment is even better than the first - well-paced with interesting characters, an interesting plot, and plenty of twists. This wacky and wild fantasy series is a lot of fun and never dull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Costinak on September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy is book two in the Janitors series by Tyler Whitesides and I must say that he is starting to really find his writing groove. While book one was good, the plot, characters and back story in book two were more developed and kept me more engaged. I particularly enjoyed how clues were left lying around for readers to begin to piece together plot and character puzzles. If readers are careful, they can begin to anticipate plot twists in advance, encouraging more reading at a deeper level - a challenge for many students in grades 3 and 4.

I do have one minor thing that annoyed me about Secrets of New Forest Academy and one major issue. I found myself frustrated that Daisy is still so gullible even after all she had gone through in the last book. Daisy seems to have the innocence and gullibility of a grade two student. By grade six, students typically learn more from experiencing different situations and are not as easily fooled the next time around. I hope Daisy begins to develop and grow in the next book instead of continuing to add a bit of comic relief...

The one big issue I have is how one character is introduced and then referred to in the rest of the book. A group of students are introduced to readers like this: "There were one or two fourth graders, but most of the kids looked twelve or thirteen years old. One of the boys was tall with reddish hair. Another was thin, with prominent Asian features." In the same scene, it says "The Asian boy at Spencer's side...My name is Min Lee." On several other occasions, Min is referred to as "the Asian boy". Until this point, the author has never mentioned skin colour or ethnicity. Why does it matter now? I can infer from the character's name that he has an Asian heritage and that should be enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on September 13, 2013
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I love middle grade fiction and this book is a good example of why. I think the thing I especially enjoy about this series is the creative ways that the author uses items that in real life are seen as dull and ordinary, like vacuums, brooms, and electricity. I mean, the use of a dumpster as a prison. What a great idea. I'm surprised no one ever thought of that before. I think my favorite ordinary thing turned magical was the tool belts that allowed brooms to shrink to a management size with lots of additional storage pockets. Hmm. I also liked the use of toilet plungers to make heavy objects light enough to move (think SUV and bus).

In addition, I really like the characters, flaws and all. Spencer, who is obsessed with neatness and cleanliness, is the perfect main character. His father disappeared two years ago and he recently discovered that his father was also involved with Toxites and battling the BEM. His best friend, Daisy, is a sweet, but tough girl who tends to be rather gullible but is very loyal and determined. Dez makes an interesting contribution in this book. He's definitely a bully, but at the same time, there are moments when I almost liked him and I definitely felt bad about his unfortunate home life with a drunken father.

There is enough action and adventure to satisfy even the most demanding middle grade reader. I can safely promise that I have never read fight scenes quite like these. New villains and unexpected assistance add to the enjoyment of the book. I can heartily recommend this book to middle grade fantasy lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet L. Gibbs on February 22, 2014
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Very very interesting! :-) I loved the book! :-) It is not a waste of money and very interesting. It's a magical amazing tale+you would love it! I suggest that you get this book and I really think it deserves five stars!😉
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin A. Lyman on October 8, 2012
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I enjoyed reading the continuation of the first story. There were twists and turns in the story that I didn't expect. It is an enteraining story.
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Format: Hardcover
Today I'm reviewing the first couple books in the Janitors series by Tyler Whitesides. These are middle grade fantasy books, and I just cannot say enough good about them.

I am a mom of kids that love to read. Sometimes it's hard to find books that are clean (no swearing, profanity or sex) but that are still good enough to hold my kid's attention. This is a series that has all the good things I'm looking for. I only have one middle grade reader left in my house, but I'm super excited to pass these books off to her because I know she is going to enjoy them. My 18 year old son actually picked these books up and read them through before I had a chance to read them. They were far below his reading level but he said that as a middle grade reader he would have loved them. Even as a young adult he kept reading them because he thought the whole premise and idea of the book was original. He said he hadn't read another book quite like them before.

I loved the pictures and diagrams that went along with this book. That's one thing I love about middle grade books~ the added bonus of pictures! I too thought the idea for these books were original and interesting. Kids will love all the little creatures roaming the schools and they will love the creative use of school janitor supplies to catch them.

Spencer is a great kid. I love his little OCD tendencies about germs and cleanliness. It is the little things that endear me to Spencer. Daisy and Spencer together make a great team. These books are full of things that all kids will relate to from teachers to family and school dynamics. There is humor and action.

I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series. My review for that will be coming in September. By then I'm hoping to include a report of how my middle grade reader loved them. :)
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