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Publisher's Note:

A secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business—deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels. It’s a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels.…

Overall Book Review:

In the third installment of the Janitors Series, Curse of the Broomstaff author Tyler Whitesides takes his story on a slightly different path.  Dez, a prominent character in the earlier books, is completely missing; Spencer’s missing father is actually present; a lot more time is spent on garbage dumps (or is it landfill?) than on janitorial and educational issues.  Spencer and Daisy are joined by others on a quest-driven plot.  Although the author had a bit of fun with the landfill scenes, they weren’t quite as charming and clever as his janitorial angles and gadgets.

This is a fantasy series absolutely worth putting in the hands of a young reader.  It is fast-paced, fun, and a sure-fire hit.  However, it is essential to start with the first book in the series, as Whitesides does not devote page-time to exposition and backstory.

Brandon Dorman deserves a loud shout-out for his dazzling book cover art.  The artwork for all three Janitors books is absolute eye-candy and perfectly captures the spirit and innovations of the novels.

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

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Brief battle with magic and mythical creatures with property destruction and rendering characters unconscious; character hits another character; fight involving the throwing of objects; brief magical battle in which a mythical creature is killed; undetailed report of a killing; report of a death at the hands of magical creatures; destruction of property; characters fall to presumed death (no details); battle with mythical creatures, no casualties; several extended battle scenes in which humans battle with magic and magical creatures with biting, hitting, sword, etc. resulting in death/injury of creatures and injury and death of a human, non-detailed.

Sex/Nudity:  None

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!