Guest Post & Book Review: Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

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I'm off in the land of the Utes, attending the LDS Bookseller's Association Convention. If you live in Utah or Idaho, check out my sidebar for upcoming signings in your area from August 2nd through 10th.

Now. let's talk about this awesome new book series. I was given an ARC of Janitors by Tyler Whitesides to review. But my hubby (aka John Waverly) stole it from my stack of "books to review" and devoured it. He also posted a very fun review on his blog, which I'm sharing today. I plan to read this book with my ten year old daughter when I return from my book tour. I'll share my thoughts and an interview with the author then.

Review by John Waverly.

Before I get into my review there are two things you must know.

First, this book doesn't come out until Fall of 2011, so you'll have to wait.

Second, everything in this book is absolutely true. I used to work as a Janitor and still remember the daily battles with Toxites. I miss my magic brooms, vacuum, and dust rags. And I'm incredibly jealous that Spencer and Daisy got to use mops. Mops! My boss never let me use the mops.

My Review: Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

The other day, I had several new books I wanted to read. Sadly, I can only read one at a time, so I decided to skim through the first chapter of each one. I picked up Janitors first and didn't close it until I'd finished the entire book.

Janitors is a fun and zany story with a good middle-grade voice and lots of wonder and action. If you are 8-12 years old, or have kids in that age, or (like me) you still act that age you'll enjoy this book.

Back Copy

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.

About Guest Reviewer John Waverly

Like most writers, John Waverly lives a triple-life. By day he is a software designer for Fortune 500 companies. By evening he is a coach/taxi driver/chef/referee/maid/psychologist to four wonderful children and tries to complete something off his honey-do list every once in awhile. At night, he writes modern stories full of action and magic.

You can find out more about John on his blog, Facebook Page, or Twitter.

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John Waverly said...

Wow! What a great review--brilliant. Encore! Encore! ;)