Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Janitors 2: Secrets of New Forrest Academy by Tyler Whitesides

Whitesides, Tyler Secrets of New Forrest (Janitors 2) Academy. Shadow Mountain, 2012. pgs. 368

Language: G, Violence: PG, Mature Content: PG

In a world where invisible monster crawl amongst schools feeding off kids brain waves and making them stupid, nothing is as it seems. Normal kids can't see them, but Spencer and Daisy can. Dez, he mostly came along for the ride. With the BEM hot on their tail and are after a package Spencer's dad supposedly left him, but he never received. In terrible danger, him and his friends, Daisy and Dez get sent by the rebel janitors to New Forrest Academy, a place believed to be controlled by a fellow rebel. When the trio get there, however, they couldn't be more wrong. Slick, one of the Bureau of Educational Maintenance's minions, has taken over and his only goal is to capture Spencer. In order to achieve his means, he's found a way to make these monster as big as Godzilla and he's been creating lots of them. To make matters worse, shortly after arriving, Spencer finds himself cut off from the rebel janitors. He also discovers a dumpster that has been sealed by Glop, a magical substance used usually to defeat the invisible monsters, and only the sealer can open it. Unable to contact their rebel janitor friends, the trio are on their own. Can they save the dumpster prisoner and stop the BEM?

A fun, action-filled book for avid and reluctant readers. The characters are funny and likable. The plot is well-developed and fast-paced. The level of imagination that went into creating this book's alternate world is amazing and is easy for readers to follow. Readers who like fantasy, adventure, action, and the idea of saving a school will enjoy reading this book. It is recommended, however, that you read the first one.

EL, MS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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