Book Review: Janitors, Heroes of the Dustbin

September 23, 2015


Janitors, Heroes of the Dustbin
Tyler Whitesides
416 pages
ARC through Netgalley

From the publisher:
Spencer knew that from the moment the Founding Witches had returned, the Rebel Janitors had begun disappearing. So many schools were defenseless now, the students’ minds rotting from Toxite breath while the janitors vanished without a trace. Then it became personal.

Although their enemies are powerful, their allies few, Spencer and his ream of Rebels are not giving up! But what chance do a handful of kids and one rescued janitor have against the combined evil of the Founding Witches and the Sweepers? Can the Rebels close the source of all Glop and stop the Toxites once and for all—or is the world doomed to fall under the control of the sinister Bureau of Educational Maintenance? This explosive series finale is a griping ride through conflicted loyalties and daring escapes, unexpected alliances and betrayals, and an ending you’ll never forget!

Finally -the long awaited fifth and last book in the Janitors series!  This final book was a hard one to put down.  So much action, so much going on, and so much fun!  I couldn’t get enough of it and finished it in one day. 

Just like the previous books in this series it is so hard for me to sit down and write a review that does not include spoilers.  So hard!

There were parts of this book that had me laughing out loud, and some parts that made me almost tear up they were so sad.  In the end I was so happy with the characters.  When I started this series I never would have imagined wanting to hug Dez, but in the end that was just what I wanted to do.  Dez is awesome and such a fun character to see develop throughout the series. I think one of the reasons that I loved the characters and these books so much was that there were characters that almost any kid could relate too.

I thought the use of ordinary objects with magical properties was so fun.  I loved that at the end of this book there was a “glossary of glopified supplies”

One of my favorite parts of this entire book was when Spencer was in the dustbin and Walter talked to him.  My favorite quote (from book 4 – that I posted yesterday) came up again.  Good things are hard to do – good things take sacrifice. What a great underlining theme!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I loved this series.  It was really great from the first book to the end. And bonus…if you haven’t started the series, now it’s all out – so you won’t have to wait for the next book like we did!  My kids really loved these books.  When my oldest (who is almost 12) found out that I had an advanced copy of the 5th book he was pretty excited to read it too.  He finished the advanced copy so fast. He is my kid who loves to read, but really struggles to read on his grade level.  I was so happy to see him read through this book. I’ve heard him recommend it to friends and family.  I asked him if he would want to write a short review for my blog, and he said sure.  Below is a copy of his review:

“Janitors is a good book.  There are lots of twists and turns.  Some of the characters are funny.I think Spencer is brave.  Daisy is funny, especially when she gets distracted by grime.  Dez is okay.  Bernard is funny.  This is one of the longest books that I’ve ever read.  It made me really like reading and I couldn’t put them down.   I do not want to giveaway the end but it is really exciting.  You must read this series.”  - G

Straight from the kids – you must read these books!  So glad our family found this fun series and we can’t wait to see what Tyler Whitesides will come out with next!

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