Friday, September 4, 2015

FANTASY FRIDAY: Janitors: Heroes of the Dustbin by Tyler Whitesides


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!


TYLER WHITESIDES worked as a janitor at a middle school while attending college. It was there he discovered the many secrets and mysteries that can be hidden in a dusty school. Tyler graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. He enjoys fly fishing in the mountains, cooking, and vacuuming. Tyler and his wife, Connie, live in beautiful northern Utah.

Whitesides has done it again.  He's written another winner.  I was eager to find out what was going to happen to Spencer and Daisy and their allies in this fifth and final volume of the Janitors series.  After the somewhat shocking end of book four I was definitely anxious to see hour it would all end.  And Whitesides did not disappoint.  Things start off with a bang when Spencer's family is taken by the BEM in an effort to force him to reveal the location of the bronze nails.  This series has been a delight to read with the imaginative use of everyday objects in magical ways.  I've admired the author's ability to make seemingly boring objects (toilet plungers, cleaning sprays, etc.) exciting and fun.  And once again, new inventions and possibilities are introduced (drain cleaner that eats through walls and floors for example).  The book moves quickly into the action and doesn't let up until the end, which one would expect from the final book in a series.  I found the ending very satisfying and even a bit surprising.  The author manages to integrate plenty of surprises in terms of plot and character which made for a great read. I'm actually sad that the series is over. I very much look forward to reading more from this author and seeing what else he comes up with.

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