Janitors School of Garbage Review

Thursday, September 21, 2023


Garbage has come to life as animated creatures called junklets and 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 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.


Tyler Whitesides was born in Washington state. The youngest of five siblings, he was raised in northern Utah where he still resides. Tyler spent much of his childhood outdoors, exploring the mountains near his house, and imagining many adventures with his neighborhood friends. He developed a love of books from a very young age, and with that came a desire to write his own stories.

In middle school, Tyler joined the school band and began learning to play percussion instruments. He had many opportunities to perform on stage as a soloist with concert bands and orchestras, as well as rehearsing and performing some of his own compositions. After high school, Tyler spent two years in Argentina where he learned to speak Spanish.

Upon returning home, Tyler attended Utah State University, where he received a bachelors in music, specifically, percussion performance. While attending the University, Tyler got a part time job at a middle school as a night custodian. Wandering the halls of the middle school each night sparked the ideas which eventually led to the JANITORS series. Tyler wrote the first draft of JANITORS in 2009, and after connecting with his first agent, Rubin Pfeffer, landed the series at Shadow Mountain Publishing. JANITORS was published in 2011.

Over the next five years, the JANITORS series was developed and published, with the fifth and final book hitting shelves in 2015. During the course of the series, Tyler had the opportunity to visit many states, presenting at more than 600 schools across the country. He is now represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Tyler lives in Northern Utah with his two sons. Tyler still enjoys spending time outdoors, fly fishing mountain streams, and exploring nature. He also enjoys acting and singing, performing musicals with local theater companies. But most of the time, you’ll find him hard at work on the thing he loves most – writing!

In Janitors School of Garbage, Landon and Jade learn about garbage, their own strengths, and the magic behind janitorial supplies at the School of Garbage. When the school becomes attacked, Landon and Jade pull together a team to come to the rescue. This is a spin-off of the Janitors series by Tyler Whiteside.

My kids got into the Janitors series books last winter after listening to the first book on audiobook. They loved it. My son was staying up late to read the books and was reading them non-stop one after the other until he finished the whole series within a few weeks. My daughter also read the series. When I got the email about the tour, I immediately signed up for it.

After reading the Janitors School of Garbage, I felt like you could read it read it first before the rest of the Janitor series, or after. There was enough explanation to understand the story's background. The world building was very impressively creative and original in this book. The fantasy elements felt fresh and unique from new creatures, new dangers, and new magical elements. I was very impressed with how creative the author was. The characters were likable and relatable. The action seemed to go by really fast in the book. As a reader, I felt like I wanted more time and more details on what was happening in the story. The book felt age-appropriate to me, and the scenes weren't too scary. I would like to see more books by this author, and it would be nice if he could also start another fantasy book series. With the level of excitement that he generated in my kids, I want more books and more series. To learn more, click here.

Please note that I received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion. Please note that this post contains affiliate links that help support this blog.

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