Fantasy Book Review: Janitors

Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

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?

Spencer is a relatable kid who wants to do the right thing, but doesn’t know who to trust and is repeatedly confronted by bullies. Daisy is a sweet and innocent girl who believes just about anything anyone tells her. I can appreciate when Daisy encourages Spencer to be honest, even in the face of danger. But her naiveté is a bit much at times. And the way the characters and setting is written seems to be geared towards a much younger than the age they’re supposed to be.

Janitors is a clever series with bizarre, pest-like creatures that are invisible to everyone save those who are tasked with fending them off. This fantasy for middle readers is fast-paced and full of adventure and mystery. With colorful characters, magical weapons, and plenty of surprises – Janitors is a fun, easy read for children with big imaginations.