Tyler Whitesides comes out flying, squeegee-ing, and spraying at a break-neck pace in the fourth installment of the Janitors Series–and he doesn’t let up. The continuously building action is first-rate, the plot well-thought out, and the climax stunning. All are administered with a more practiced hand, effectively righting a series that was threatening to go adrift after the third installment.
Back are all the characters, adult and child, from the earlier books. Although this can overwhelm some narratives, it is handled masterfully in this novel and serves to regain some of the cohesiveness that was fraying at the edges in the third book of the series. The characters are charming and unique, so all of their presences are necessary. Dez is back, providing the wildcard element of unpredictability, while Daisy provides the goodness and the comic relief, and Spencer provides the continuity.
Janitors: Strike of the Sweepers is surprising, unpredictable, and stuffed with plot twists that poise the series for a climactic conclusion. A little bit of irreverence sprinkled in makes this a fabulous reluctant-boy-reader choice, but the novel will universally entertain regardless of age or gender.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain
Violence/Gore: Brief description of a creepy transformation of a human into a fantasy creature; character is eaten by fantasy creature, non-detailed; characters battle fantasy creatures, non-detailed; character knocked down; report of knocking someone unconscious; multi-page fight scene with fantasy creatures resulting in their deaths and human incapacitation via magical weapons, hitting, struggling, etc.; multi-page confrontation with grabbing, chasing, knocking over, etc.; human character killed by magical means, non-detailed; several verbal threats throughout book; a few reports of death throughout the book; characters knocked unconscious; extended chase scene with death of fantasy creatures via magical means; encounter with fantasy creatures with slashing, cutting, hitting, pushing, etc.; brief human death at hands of fantasy creature; injuries from magical creatures; extended fight scene with fantasy creatures using magical means, non-detailed; when a magical potion is made, a tail and a wing are cut off of fantasy creatures for use, non-detailed; brief scene in which a human is killed, non-detailed.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters drink a potion that transforms them. Magical janitorial spray is used on people inducing unconsciousness and memory loss. Character says his father is probably home “drunk as a skunk.”