Secrets of New Forest Academy by Tyler Whitesides (Janitors #2) – Review

August 14, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★

Secrets of New Forest Academy by Tyler Whitesides (Janitors #2) – ReviewRelease Date: September 4, 2012
Title: Secrets of New Forest Academy
Series: Janitors #2
Author: Tyler Whitesides
Pages: 356
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Now, more than ever, Spencer, Daisy, and even Dez must fight to save schools everywhere. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance (BEM) is after Spencer, and the only place he is safe is within the walls of the New Forest Academy. Or so he thinks. In this fast-paced adventure, the kids must figure out where their loyalties lie and who they can trust as they fight to discover the true secret of the New Forest Academy and what it means to the future of education.
4 Stars

It’s time to dive back into the world of Janitors and Toxites!

The BEM is still after Spencer, but this time Spencer doesn’t really understand why. All he knows is that Walter has convinced his mom that he and Daisy need to leave town fast. To make things worse, school bully Dez gets mixed up in the whole mess and ends up getting sent away with them too!

At the new school, things aren’t as they should be.  Spencer and his friends (plus Dez) are left to determine what’s happening at New Forest Academy and why.

This is one sequel I enjoyed more than its predecessor. That doesn’t happen very often. While true that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it at all without the first one, I still preferred this one.

This one had more depth to it than the first one did. There was more world-building, more character development.

And I hated Dez so much more.

There was one part that I found to be particularly predictable. But I’m willing to give it a pass because a) I read a lot so it’s hard to get anything by me and b) this is Middle Grade fiction so just because it was predictable to me doesn’t mean it’s going to be predictable to the target audience (that doesn’t mean it won’t be – it just means I can’t tell, so it gets a pass).

The third one comes out soon, and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I want to see what kind of shenanigans Spencer and Daisy get into next, especially now that… well, I can’t tell you that now can I?

What Others Are Saying:

  • SciFi ChickThis installment is even better than the first – well-paced with interesting characters, an interesting plot, and plenty of twists.
  • Bonnie Gets a SayThe setting is wonderful, and any kids or adult will love being swept away into this fantastic world of Toxites. It makes school fun.

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