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Publisher's Note:  

Now, more than ever, Spencer, Daisy, and even Dez must fight to save schools everywhere. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance (BEM) is after Spencer, and the only place he is safe is within the walls of the New Forest Academy. Or so he thinks. In this fast-paced adventure, the kids must figure out where their loyalties lie and who they can trust as they fight to discover the true secret of the New Forest Academy and what it means to the future of education.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain


Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy

by Tyler Whitesides

Review Date:
10/08/2012

Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
***

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

Author Tyler Whitesides takes the janitorial concept so over the top that it becomes awesome!  Completely unfettering the imagination to the border of absurd really works for this series.  An outrageous concept--that janitors with magical powers are really protecting the education of students from the evil Board of Education Maintenance (a little irony there for adults to appreciate)--is strengthened by some fun characters:  a complex and infuriating bully, a gullible and sweet girl, and a germ phobic and brave boy.

 

Janitors:  Secrets of the New Forest Academy is the second book in a series.  It is recommended that the reader first read Janitors because some, but not the entire, back story was provided.  Janitors:  Secrets of the New Forest Academy concludes with some successes, but leaves plenty to be resolved in the next book.  Hop on a tricked-out janitor cart and have a little fun--middle grade readers will love and parents will be quite amused.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

 

Violence/Gore:  Bully pushes, shoves, threatens other characters; characters hit other characters with brooms; a character bites another character's finger; magic is used to temporarily paralyze characters; characters are imprisoned; characters are kidnapped; property is damaged in magical encounters; 2nd hand report of a death; characters give chase (some crashing involved); a character's head is purposely bashed and their nose bleeds; a character is killed by a mythical creature (non-detailed);  there are a few extended scenes in which characters battle fantasy creatures with magical devices, kicking, hitting, stabbing, etc. where human injury occurs (mention of blood) and fantasy creatures die.

 

Sex/Nudity:  None



Mature Subject Matter:  

Death, Kidnapping, Imprisonment, Bullying.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

There is a brief reference to a character's dad, implying that he is often drunk.



Reviewed By Cindy
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