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Janitors 3: Curse of the Broomstaff

Tyler Whitesides has done it again!

Janitors is “enormously entertaining.”–Orson Scott Card

“Entertaining…with all kinds of twists and turns.” –Brandon Mull

“Action-packed and surprising! Readers will become convinced of the value of telling the truth, while having a lot of fun along the way.”–Publishers Weekly

Janitors #3: Curse of the BroomstaffA secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels. It’s a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels.

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Janitors Book 2 Release Date and… the Mark of Athena

Hey all! You’ve been waiting for the second Janitors book to come out, haven’t you? Not only is the first in Tyler Whitesides’ smash hit series now in paperback, but the second will come out soon. The release date for Janitors, Book 2, Secrets of New Forest Academy is September 4.

Can you feel the excitement? Can you feel the suspense? What will happen to Spencer, Daisy and Dez- yes, I said Dez- when the Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after them?

If you’ve been waiting eagerly for more Roman/Greek adventure, you will be pleased soon after the second Janitors comes out, because Heroes of Olympus, Book 3: The Mark of Athena will be on our shelves October 2. Normally Rick Riordan indulges his fans by posting the first chapter on his website. However, we have not been able to find it. Perhaps he wants to keep us in suspense a little longer.

Either way, mark your calendars for some fantastic YA reading this fall.

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .

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Tyler Whitesides Signing With Other Local Authors This Saturday

The Logan Library has an awesome lineup of authors for a book signing this Saturday, and we’d love for you to join us.

We’ll start with Tyler Whitesides‘ powerhouse of a first novel, Janitors. A native of Logan, he shot to instant fame when Janitors was released by Deseret Book this August. Super fun, entertaining, and an easy read, this book is sure to catch the interest of any fan of Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series. Read our review here.

Amber Argyle, who held a book signing here at the store last month, just released her first book, too. Witch Song is a novel that is sure to be a hit among teen and adult readers who are wanting to read about more than vampires and werewolves. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

“Girls don’t walk with boys. Even if they’re good boys–and Zenn is the best.” With Possession, Elana Johnson has tapped into another popular vein of the Young Adult genre–dystopia. We haven’t met her yet, but she seems like a delightful person, and her writing isn’t too shabby, either.

Stop in at the Logan Library this Saturday, October 15, at 2 p.m. Each author will do a reading from their book, answer questions, and, of course, sign books. Did I mention they’re all local? You can’t get better than that.

Let us know what you think of the event Saturday, and if you’d like to meet with more authors like those there.

-Lis

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Janitors Is A Definite YES

I’ve finally finished reading Janitors by Tyler Whitesides and… I can’t stop singing praises. I can’t wait to get my hands on a Glopified broom, strike the ground, and rise into the sky.

Oh I know I said it sounded cute and was just another typical LDS youth fantasy–which it is–but any critics who think this oversaturated genre is out of fresh ideas is wrong. I was extremely entertained with and hooked by Whitesides’ wonderful world of janitors.

It starts with a young boy, Spencer, who moves to a new town in southern Idaho (Idaho, of all places) with his family for a year of house sitting. His dad mysteriously disappeared a few years previous, and his frazzled mom is trying to make ends meet. After trying some soap left on the counter of the boys bathroom at his new school, Spencer starts to see… things. Flying things, slimy things, crawly things, furry things. The fact that he can see these strange creatures gets him (and eventually his classmate Daisy) into a lot of trouble with the school janitors and a mysterious governmental organization called the Bureau of Educational Maintenance.

Not only was I impressed with Whitesides’ vivid imagination, but that he inputs values into the story. When Spencer and Daisy get into trouble for doing things they thought were right (I’m tip-toeing here so I don’t give anything away.), they are asked to search their feelings and come to understand that if the things they did was rule-breaking didn’t make them feel good, they were wrong to do in the first place. He teaches that rule-breaking, even with some of the best intentions, isn’t right and has negative consequences.

A friend of mine informed me that she went to high school with Tyler Whitesides, and that he signed for more books. I say all the more power to him! It was really cool to find out he worked at Mt. Logan Middle School while in college and that’s where he got some of his crazy/fun ideas from. I’m eager to read what he comes up with next.

So here’s my reasons you should read Janitors by Tyler Whitesides, in a nutshell:

  1. He’s from Cache Valley. How often do we get a local who shoots for the stars and makes it?
  2. It’s a fresh take on a genre that is full to bursting.
  3. Hilariously entertaining.
  4. It teaches kids to value education and know the difference between right and wrong.
  5. It justifies all those wishes we had as kids that something was excitingly different about the mundane elements in our lives.

-Lis

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What Have We Been Reading?

Jill

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

I just read Inkdeath, the last book in the Inkheart trilogy. I loved it! I did not like the second one, but I think that it was because I was pregnant and reading made me sick. So it probably was a very good book. 🙂 The characters in Inkdeath bond more with each other because so many bad things are happening to them. It’s amazing how the author makes everything come together just in the nick of time. The ending is not what I expected, though. It’s a great one!

Aubrey

Jabberwocky by Daniel Coleman

It was spectacular! It was action-packed from the start, and it quickly drew me in. The author put great substance into the characters, which was impressive to me because it’s such a short book! I wished it was a bit longer, because I just couldn’t put it down. I also loved how the author the made up words and gave them meaning. It made reading it so much more fun. I would recommend this book to ANYONE! 🙂

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lACEY

I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby

So I read this book in the past month when it came in as a demo book that we received for the store. My first thought when I saw it was excitement because I love Bill Cosby and it took me back to the days when I watched the Cosby Show. But the book was not what I thought at all… It was more about his views and what happened to him in his childhood and upbringing. There were funny stories where I laughed, but I found that he rambled about random things that had no relevance to the story. So 200 pages felt like a million. It had its funny parts, but overall I didn’t really care for the book. I think I was expecting his humor and didn’t expect the book to play out the way it did. NOTE: This book has not been released yet.

Josh

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Only in Oz will you find a green girl named Elphaba who most people will recognize from the timely classic The Wizard of Oz as the Wicked Witch of the West. In Wicked you get a glimpse of not only Elphaba’s past, but Glinda the good’s as well, including how they met, became friends, and then enemies. It will intrigue you to think what is wickedness after all when Elphaba is perceived as evil, and what is goodness when Glinda is praised, but also a pawn of the infamous and questionable Wizard of Oz.

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Shelley

Bright Young Things #1 by Anna Godbersen

By the same author of the Luxe Series, Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things follows three girls in New York City in 1929, the last summer of the Jazz Age. Fresh off the train from Ohio and full dreams, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur make friends with Astrid, a socialite who seems to have it all. Astrid introduces the girls to the world of flappers, speakeasies, jazz, and “anything goes” attitude of the Roarin’ Twenties. I’ve really enjoyed this high school-age book and can’t wait for the sequal.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick

I really enjoyed The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick. Megan, Jess, Emma and Cassidy’s mothers don’t understand that the drama of middle school pushes the 4 girls into different social circles and that the last thing these girls want to do is meet together to discuss books! Set in New England, the moms’ first choice is Little Women. What I loved about these books is the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from the book they’re reading ties into the girls’ lives in the story. Also, they make you want to read the books the girls read. They give great ideas for starting your own book club, parties you could have to go along with the books, as well as entertaining you with cute stories about the 4 girls and their mothers.

Lis

Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

I don’t have a whole lot to tell you about this book yet because I’m only on the fourth chapter–and these are short chapters. What I will tell you, however, is that I like Whitesides’ writing style more than (dare I say it?) Brandon Mull’s. Of course, I am drawing this conclusion from reading Beyonders and not Fablehaven (It’s on the list.). So far it’s turning into another typical adventuresome youth fantasy fiction by an LDS writer, but I like it. An easy, fun read. So far.

Freya

Dragon Breath #1 by Ursula Vernon

I really loved this book. I gave it to my son and he loved it too; it is now one of his favorite series to read over and over. It’s very funny, an easy read, and has a few comic book style pictures. It is about this small dragon named Danny who can’t breathe fire and who is picked on by the school bully. His best friend is a very timid green iguana named Wendell. Danny has to re-write his report on the ocean because he has no idea what the ocean is, and when Wendell says he should go to the library to look it up, Danny comes up with a better plan. There are four books in this series right now–the fifth book comes out this fall. This book is great for kids that don’t like to read, I also recommend it to people who liked the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Depending on a child’s reading level, it works great for grade 3 and up.