I love middle grade fiction and this book is a good example of why. I think the thing I especially enjoy about this series is the creative ways that the author uses items that in real life are seen as dull and ordinary, like vacuums, brooms, and electricity. I mean, the use of a dumpster as a prison. What a great idea. I'm surprised no one ever thought of that before. I think my favorite ordinary thing turned magical was the tool belts that allowed brooms to shrink to a management size with lots of additional storage pockets. Hmm. I also liked the use of toilet plungers to make heavy objects light enough to move (think SUV and bus).
In addition, I really like the characters, flaws and all. Spencer, who is obsessed with neatness and cleanliness, is the perfect main character. His father disappeared two years ago and he recently discovered that his father was also involved with Toxites and battling the BEM. His best friend, Daisy, is a sweet, but tough girl who tends to be rather gullible but is very loyal and determined. Dez makes an interesting contribution in this book. He's definitely a bully, but at the same time, there are moments when I almost liked him and I definitely felt bad about his unfortunate home life with a drunken father.
There is enough action and adventure to satisfy even the most demanding middle grade reader. I can safely promise that I have never read fight scenes quite like these. New villains and unexpected assistance add to the enjoyment of the book. I can heartily recommend this book to middle grade fantasy lovers.
I really enjoyed this book. It's filled with action and adventure. It's also completely clean. I love the concept of fighting the bad toxites and bad guys of the BEM with seemingly ordinary cleaning supplies. I laughed out loud when one of the other kids in the book threatened the bad guy with a feather duster and Spencer, thinking that all cleaning supplies are weapons asked what it did, the kid said that it dusted things. So funny! I really like Spencer and Daisy, I love that they are regular kids that are able to fight the bad guys. I can't wait to read more of their adventures!