Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Reading 2015 Heroes of the Dustbin (Janitors #5)


Imagine a world where Toxites infest every school; these horrible magical creatures cause students to lapse into distraction, be disorganized, and create messes. The hordes of Grimes, Rubbishes, and Filths are only kept in check by dedicated Janitors and their Glopified cleaning supplies. (By the way, "glopified" is a technical term for items that have been treated with magic Glop to give them powers beyond the norm.) This state of affairs would certainly explain why so many students fall asleep in class, have a dazed look n their eyes during lectures, and can never find their homework.

Spencer Zumbro and his friends are fighting a war against the Toxites and their evil masters, the Founding Witches and corrupt Bureau of Educational Maintenance. The witches plan to rule the world, so they are keeping everyone ignorant through the infestation at all the schools, and training those who will run the world for them at a special academy kept free of the Toxites and their effects. With all the grossness - sorting trash to look for clues, jumping into garbage trucks, spit sponges, Thingamajunks (creatures made from trash), and other nasty surprises - it's a wonder that a germaphobe like Spencer can hold up under all the pressure. Spencer, Daisy, and the Rebels have been fighting against the witches and trying to find a way to stop them since the beginning of this series. Now, in book 5, it is time for a final showdown. Who will come out on top - the vastly outnumbered Rebels, or the witches and their army, led by General Clean?

Author Tyler Whitesides actually worked as a janitor at an elementary school to put himself through college, so he has firsthand knowledge of the stupefying effects of Toxites. If you enjoy humor mixed in with your action and also like stories where kids band together to defeat the bad guys, then you should try this series. Where else can you read about someone whose super power is to burp up dust-clouds? That's just not something that you come across every day.

Fast-paced, funny, full of danger and double-crosses, Heroes of the Dustbin lives up to its name.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through edelweiss.

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