Coverart for item
The Resource Janitors, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

Janitors, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

Label
Janitors
Title
Janitors
Statement of responsibility
Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A sixth grader stumbles upon a secret that threatens to turn schoolchildren everywhere into mindless automatons
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Review
  • Students at Welcher Elementary school are falling asleep, getting distracted, and becoming disinterested in schoolwork. It's up to a 12-year-old germaphobe Spencer Zumbro and his friend Daisy "Gullible" Gates to save education. Spencer's father mysteriously disappeared years ago, and now Spencer, his mother, and his siblings are living in his aunt's house; between feeling invisible at home and being bullied at school, Spencer's school year isn't looking up. After washing his face with "burn-your-face-off soap" in the school bathroom, he can see dust-eating, demonlike monsters (which he later learns are "Toxites" that are draining students' brains). Only the gruff janitor, Marv, appears to be able to see the creatures. When the Bureau of Educational Maintenance comes to investigate the school's society of elusive janitors and inducts Spencer to help overthrow them, he isn't sure who to trust. Whitesides's debut novel, first in a series, is action-packed and surprising. Well-drawn school dynamics and Spencer and Daisy's relationship ground the story. Readers, like Spencer, will become convinced of the value of telling the truth, while having a lot of fun along the way. Ages 8–12. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed September 19, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 38, p)
  • With both cleanliness and educational function at stake, a government agency and a rebel faction duke it out in the halls, restrooms and classrooms of an Idaho elementary school. For centuries the Bureau of Educational Maintenance has trained wizard-janitors to fight the insidious, invisible, dirt-loving, brainwave-sucking "Toxites" (i.e., Rubbish, Grime and Filth) that infest every school and gleefully leach interest, attention and even consciousness from hapless students (now you know). Thanks to applications of a magical slime, hyper-fastidious Spencer and his gullible but steadier sixth-grade classmate Daisy find themselves able to see the revolting little monsters all around them. They become caught between a cohort of BEM agents after supposed mavericks and two fugitive custodians who claim that BEM has, for never-explained reasons, turned traitor to its principles. Who is to be believed? Choosing a side, Spencer and Daisy train with Toxite-killing brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners, and the clandestine battle escalates into a wildly destructive sequence of chases, break-ins and brangles. Whitesides, himself a former school custodian, commits rookie mistakes by suddenly dropping a major character (the obligatory bully) and sets up sequels by leaving too many basic questions unanswered. Still, his debut spins plenty of action, authentic janitorial detail and foul substances around an audience-pleasing premise. An implausible but entertaining ruckus: Squeamish readers may never touch a school water fountain again. (Fantasy. 10-13)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10011860
Cataloging source
mm
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whitesides, Tyler
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
740L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.W58793
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 6
Reading level
5.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Dorman, Brandon
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Janitors
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Students
  • Monsters
  • School custodians
  • Schools
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Janitors, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 300 pages
Isbn
9781609080563
Lccn
2011007692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
1609080564
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Janitors, Tyler Whitesides ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 300 pages
Isbn
9781609080563
Lccn
2011007692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
1609080564
Other physical details
illustrations

Library Locations

    • Half Hollow Hills Community LibraryBorrow it
      55 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills, NY, 11746, US
      40.803876 -73.360391
    • South Huntington Public LibraryBorrow it
      145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station, NY, 11746, US
      40.822565 -73.391343
Processing Feedback ...