Janitors School of Garbage
by Tyler Whitesides
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 19 Sep 2023
Shadow Mountain Publishing, Shadow Mountain
Ordinary trash becomes extraordinary at the magical School of Garbage—a summer school for young garbologists.
Garbage has come to life as animated creatures called junklets are wreaking havoc in elementary schools. Only the specially trained kids from the magical School of Garbage can stop the rise of the trash monsters. With the school's magical janitorial supplies—brooms that can fly, toilet plungers that can reverse gravity, and mops that can capture anything in their strings—the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Landon Murphy discovers the undercover janitorial world when his soon-to-be stepsister, Jade Shu, guides him through a magical portal at the bottom of a dumpster that leads to a fantastical landfill and the home of the School of Garbage, where she has secretly been a student for the last few years.
Problems at home with his family make it hard for Landon to feel like he belongs anywhere, but he is quickly welcomed as a student at the intriguing school for wizard-like janitors. His class on the science of garbology is like being a crime-scene investigator, and every student gets to bond with one of three Servites—small, magical animals who exhale enchanted dust to help kids focus or be creative or have energy.
Landon and Jade—along with their allies from the original series—are tasked to take out the trash and figure out who—or what—is behind the mysterious garbage attacks and stop them before the entire world is literally trashed.
“Returning fans will welcome some familiar characters-including supposedly vanquished villains-as well as more janitor gags to wince at and desperate struggles aplenty with towering assemblages of animated detritus. There's more than enough gross, slimy action before the finale to sweep readers along.”
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Average rating from 10 members
Delightful! A wonderfully imaginative read that explores the idea of understanding our own value and self worth. Landon splits his time between his dad's house and his mom'e home with her new fiance and his soon to be step-stister Jade. Jade introduces the reluctant Landon to summer school at the School of Garbage. But it's unlike any other school because here the garbage is animated and the students learn about the magic that animates it along with other intricacies about garbage. But when Landon is attacked in the normal world by animated garbage it opens up a mystery, for animated garbang cannot leave the Landfill. Landon, Jade, and others from the school race against time to discove how the animated garbage (Thingamajunks) are able to leave the Landfill and try to stop the attacks before the normal world is filled with dangerous trash. The characters are wonderfully developed and the plot is well contrived with a writing style that is engaging and keeps the pages turning. (Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review)
This was a fun fast forward to the past janitor books. I had forgotten about a lot of the characters. Set it up for more??
Janitors was my favorite boom series growing up and I still love it. I was super excited to get back into this world and thought this was very intriguing. I loved having some old characters in it and hope we get to see more. I did miss the pictures in the books. Maybe those will be added but I liked seeing those every so often. Would highly recommend. Makes me want to go back and reread the first series.