The Janitor's Boy

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Jack Rankin has always looked up to his father. But when the middle school students are temporarily housed in the high school where his father works as a janitor, Jack is embarrassed. He lashes out by covering the underside of a desk with gum, and his punishment is to perform janitorial duties after school for three weeks. When Jack walks in his father's shoes for a while, he learns surprising secrets about the old building...and his old man.

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Overview

Jack Rankin has always looked up to his father. But when the middle school students are temporarily housed in the high school where his father works as a janitor, Jack is embarrassed. He lashes out by covering the underside of a desk with gum, and his punishment is to perform janitorial duties after school for three weeks. When Jack walks in his father's shoes for a while, he learns surprising secrets about the old building...and his old man.

Fifth grader Jack finds himself the target of ridicule at school when it becomes known that his father is one of the janitors, and he turns his anger onto his father.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As he did in Frindle and The Landry News, Clements here puts an intelligent and credible fifth-grader at the center of a memorable novel. As the book opens, Jack, after much careful planning, is executing the "perfect crime": he assembles the biggest, stickiest wad of gum imaginable and affixes it to the desk in the back row of the music room. Why? The novel then flashes back to the moment when Jack's father, John, the head janitor, comes into his classroom to clean up vomit and calls Jack "son." At that point, "Jack felt like a giant letter had been branded on his forehead--L, for Loser." When Jack gets caught and the vice principal assigns him to three weeks' duty of scraping gum from school property after school, Jack decides, "There was only one person to blame for the whole mess.... Thanks again, Dad." Clements slowly builds an even, affecting narrative to reveal how Jack comes to better know and appreciate John, effectively drawing a parallel between this father-son relationship and John's relationship with his own father. The author adds a mystery to the mix when the boy discovers keys in the janitor's closet, which unlock literal doors to his understanding of his father. The author's uncanny ability to capture the fragile transformation from child to adolescent and its impact on family relationships informs every aspect of the novel. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Some kids' fathers are lawyers or doctors. Jack Rankin's dad is the janitor at his school. Embarrassed by his dad, Jack manages to keep his secret until the day in fifth grade when his dad acknowledges him and says hello. Angered and humiliated, Jack plots an act of revenge. He smears a desk with a huge, disgusting wad of Bubblicious gum, only to get caught in the act. The principal's punishment is for Jack to spend three weeks as the janitor's assistant after school. In quiet classrooms at the end of the day, scraping gum from library chairs, and deep in a tunnel that runs under the school, Jack has time to reflect. He discovers there is much about his father he does not know, nor has he taken the time to care. This fine coming-of-age story has a very likeable kid hero and a quiet, unassuming parent who have much to teach each other. Credible emotions and dialogue move the story to a warm and satisfying conclusion. 2000, Simon and Schuster, Ages 9 to 12, $15.00. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Jack Rankin could not be more miserable. He is being forced to spend fifth grade in the old high school where his father is the janitor. Jack does a good job of ignoring his dad until the day his dad says hello to him. After that, Jack is teased about being the janitor's son and, in an act of revenge, he vandalizes one of the school desks. His punishment could not be worse. He must spend three weeks working for his father, scraping the gum off of the underside of tables and chairs throughout the building. During this time, Jack learns a lot about his father and himself, and discovers that he is proud to be the janitor's boy. Andrew Clements' story (S&S, 2000) is wonderfully read by B. D. Wong whose various inflections brings to life a cast of supporting characters, while accurately capturing Jack's anger and confusion and the weariness and love of his father. A welcome addition to school and public library audio collections.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Esmé Raji Codell
True strength of character is revealed in this coming of age story.
Bookbag Magazine
Kirkus Reviews
The author of Frindle and The Landry News returns with a touching novel about a boy who is ashamed of the fact that his father is the janitor at his school. Jack Rankin, 11, is a good kid who has always gotten along just fine with his parents. But when Jack starts fifth grade (temporarily located in the town high school in which Jack's father has been the janitor for many years), the trouble starts. Some of the meaner fifth graders give Jack a hard time about his father's job. "Must take a lot of talent to clean up a bunch of puke, huh? Sure wish I could learn how to do that," says one particularly obnoxious classmate. In a misguided attempt to get back at his father, Jack puts the biggest gob of bubble gum known to mankind underneath a desk in one of the classrooms. The culprit is quickly discovered and Jack is sentenced to after-school janitorial gum patrol for three weeks. During his new extracurricular activity, Jack explores the old school building, discovering an underground tunnel with a secret apartment at its end—and also discovering that there are parts of his father's life that he knows nothing about. But while the first half of this book is great, accurately capturing the voice of an 11-year-old boy, the second half works too hard to show us that Jack's father is a good man who is more than just a janitor. What would be wrong with being just a janitor, a wonderful father, and a good husband? An enjoyable read and a good jumping-off point for classroom discussions about class and economic status in America, but too heavy-handed to be satisfying. (Fiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689835858
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 102,931
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 5.06 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

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The Janitor's Boy


By Andrew Clements

Aladdin Paperbacks

Copyright © 2001 Andrew Clements
All right reserved.

ISBN: 068983585X


Chapter One


The Perfect Crime


Jack Rankin had a particularly sensitive nose. As he walked into school in the morning, sometimes he would pause in the entryway and pull in a snootload of air from the flow rushing out the door. Instantly he could tell what the cafeteria lunch would be, right down to whether the Jell-O was strawberry or orange. He could tell if the school secretary was wearing perfume, and whether there was an open box of doughnuts on the table in the teachers room on the second floor.

On this particular Monday morning Jack's nose was on high alert. He was working on a special project -- a bubble gum project. Today's activity was the result of about a week's worth of research and planning.

Days ago, Jack had begun the project by secretly examining the bottoms of desks and tables all over the school, trying to decide exactly which kind of discarded gum was the most unpleasant. After he conducted his first few sniff tests, he didn't even have to look underneath a table or a chair to tell if there was gum. The scent of the stuff followed him from class to class. He had gum on the brain. He smelled gum everywhere -- on the bus, in the halls, passing a locker, walking into a classroom.

Jack finally chose watermelon Bubblicious. It had to be the smelliest gum in the universe. Even weeks after being stuck under a chair or table, that sickly sweet smell and distinctive crimson color were unmistakable. And Bubblicious, any flavor of it, was definitely the stickiest gum available. By Jack's calculations, it was more than three times stickier than Bazooka.

The final stage of Jack's gum caper began in today's third-period gym class. Mr. Sargent had them outside in the cool October air, running wind sprints to prepare for a timed mile next week. By the end of the period Jack had four pieces of gum in his mouth, chewed to maximum stickiness. The smell of it almost overpowered him.

Carefully steering a wide path around Mr. Sargent, he went to his locker before the next class. He spat the chewed gum into a sandwich bag he had brought from home. The bag had two or three tablespoons of water in it to keep the gum from sticking to the plastic.

Jack sealed the bag, stuffed it into his pocket, and immediately jammed another two pieces of gum into his mouth and started to chew.

He processed those two pieces plus two more during science, managed to chew up another four pieces during lunch period, and even finished one piece during math -- quite an accomplishment in Mrs. Lambert's classroom.

By the time he got to music, he had thirteen chewed pieces of gum in a plastic bag in the pocket of his jeans -- all warm and soft and sticky.

Monday-afternoon music class was the ideal crime scene. The room had four levels, stair-stepping down toward the front. The seats were never assigned, and Mr. Pike always made kids fill the class from the front of the room backward. By walking in the door just as the echo of the bell was fading, Jack was guaranteed a seat in the back row. He sat directly behind Jed Ellis, also known as Giant Jed. With no effort at all he was completely hidden from Mr. Pike.

The only other person in the back row was Kerry Loomis, sitting six seats away. She was hiding too, hunched over a notebook, trying to finish some homework. Jack had half a crush on Kerry. On a normal day he would have tried to get her attention, make her laugh, show off a little. But today was anything but normal.

Mr. Pike was at the front of the room. Standing behind the upright piano, he pounded out a melody with one hand and flailed the air with his other one, trying to get fidgety fifth graders to sing their hearts out.

Jack Rankin was supposed to be singing along with the rest of the chorus. He was supposed to be learning a new song for the fall concert. The song was something about eagles soaring and being free and happy -- not how Jack was feeling at this moment.

Bending down, Jack brought the baggie up to his mouth and stuffed in all thirteen pieces of gum for a last softening chew. The lump was bigger than a golf ball, and he nearly gagged as he worked it into final readiness, keeping one eye on the clock.

With one minute of class left, Mr. Pike was singing along now, his head bobbing like a madman, urging the kids to open their mouths wider. As the class hit a high note singing the word "sky," Jack leaned over and let the huge wad of gum drop from his mouth into his moistened hand. Then he began applying the gum to the underside of the folding desktop, just as he'd planned.

He stuck it first to the front outside edge and then pulled a heavy smear toward the opposite corner. Then he stretched the mass to the other corner and repeated the action, making a big, sticky X. Round and round Jack dragged the gum, working inward toward the center like a spider spinning a gooey, scented web.

As the bell rang Jack stood up and pulled the last gob of gum downward, pasting it onto the middle of the metal seat. A strand of sagging goo led upward, still attached to the underside of the desk.

It was the perfect crime.

The whole back of the music room reeked of artificial watermelon. And that gob on the seat? Sheer genius. Jack allowed himself a grim little smile as he shouldered his way into the hall.

There were two more class periods, so a kid would have to notice the mess today -- this very afternoon. Mr. Pike would have to pull the desk aside so no one would get tangled in the gunk. Mr. Pike would need to get someone to clean it up before tomorrow.

So after someone had swept the rooms and emptied the trash cans and washed the chalkboards and dusted the stairs and mopped the halls and cleaned the entryway rugs, someone would also have to find a putty knife and a can of solvent and try to get a very sticky, very smelly desk ready for Tuesday morning. It would be a messy job, but someone would have to do it.

And Jack knew exactly who that someone would be. It would be the man almost everyone called John -- John the janitor.

Of all the kids in the school, Jack was the only one who didn't call him John. Jack called him a different name.

Jack called him Dad.

Continues...


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Introduction

Discussion Topics

Jack makes a careful plan to deface a music room desk. Explain Jack's plan. Do you think most kids put gum under desks or do other damage to school property in similar ways, or for similar reasons? What does Jack hope to achieve with his gum plan?

In chapter two, Andrew Clements writes: "...laughter from kids is more powerful than words from teachers." What does this mean? In what ways is this statement correct? In what ways is this statement incorrect?

What do Luke and Kirk do to Jack after his dad cleans up their classroom in chapter three? What other encounters does Jack have with Luke and Kirk? How does he handle them? Do you think Jack uses a good strategy to handle these boys? Explain your answer. Have you ever teased another kid about something he or she could not change? Why did you do this? How did you feel about it afterwards?

Chapter six begins with a discussion of ways in which Jack is like his dad. Are you ever told you are like your father, mother, or another family member? How does this comparison make you feel? How does the comparison make Jack feel? What is the real reason he feels this way?

Describe Jack's mother and sister. Do you think Jack has a good home life? How might this story have been different had Jack explained his feelings to one of his parents? Do you think he understood his feelings well enough to explain them?

How does Jack's father react to Jack's bad behavior and punishment? What does Jack think about this reaction?

What is the thing that Helen calls "Boy Territory"? Do you think there is a comparable place that could be called "Girl Territory"? What is the author really describing when hespeaks of "Boy Territory"?

What does Jack learn about gum from his three-week punishment? What does he learn about the old school building? What does he learn about his father's job?

What happens when Jack discovers that one of the mystery keys leads him to the tower? Late in the story, another character admits to spending time up in the tower. Who admits this? Did this admission surprise you? What does the tower section of the story show readers about this character? What does it teach readers about Jack?

What does Jack's father tell him about his grandfather? Why do you think he tells him this story? Do you think Jack's grandfather was a good person? Was he a good father? In what ways is Jack's dad similar to or different from Jack's grandfather? Do you think Jack's dad would have reacted the same way to the totaled car? Explain your answer.

Explain what John means when he says, "My life is my life, and yours is yours. I'm just glad that we get to run side by side for a few years, that's all."

Can you think of a moment in time when you felt you really understood a parent's point of view? Describe this moment and how it affected your relationship with this adult.

Activities and Research

Interview an adult at your school who holds a job other than that of teacher, such as an administrator, cafeteria cook, or janitor. Include questions about their job responsibilities, how they came to have their job, their childhood, life outside of school, favorite books, and special interests. Videotape the interview, or use the information to write a newspaper-style article about your chosen person.

Organize a school cleanup day. Ask your teacher, principal, or janitor what type of cleanup is most needed. Make posters announcing your cleanup day. Make a list of tasks and divide them among participating students or classes. Take pictures of the big cleanup and create a wall display recapping highlights of the day.

Jack makes a list of ways he is not like his father. Make your own list of ways you are similar to and different from others in your family. What similarity makes you most proud? What difference do you find most interesting? Try turning your list into a poem.

Make a map of your school. First, take a walk around the school, taking careful notes about what you observe. If necessary, use a separate sheet of graph paper for each floor of your school. Use a rule and colored pencils to create your map, being sure to label halls, classrooms, the gym, the library, the office, and other important places. Highlight favorite locations or places of special interest. Mount your finished map on a sheet of colored paper to create a frame. If possible, compare your map to the maps of classmates or friends. What similarities and differences can you find? What can you learn about different kids' feelings about their school from looking at their maps?

Like his father, John the janitor is willing to quietly help others without seeking any recognition for himself. Make a quiet offer of help to someone in your community. Rake an elderly neighbor's yard, help a busy mom by playing with her preschoolers for an afternoon, or give a teacher a hand straightening up his or her classroom after school. Don't wait until you're asked, and don't ask for anything in return. Afterwards, write a short journal entry explaining how your action made you feel. Will you do such a thing again?

Go to your local library or online to learn more about American war veterans. Then create a patriotic poster honoring all of America's veterans, or an individual veteran you know. Invite some veterans from your community to a classroom or school assembly acknowledging their contributions. The assembly could include a short performance of patriotic music, tasty treats, and the presentation of your posters.

Write a short essay describing the job held by one of your parents or guardians. What do you know about their job? How did they come to have this job? How do you feel about the position they hold? Would you like to have a similar job when you grow up? Why or why not?

Why do kids sometimes find it difficult to tell their parents how they are really feeling? What might be some ways to make communication easier? Write lyrics for a song about a kid talking to an adult. Set your words to a favorite song. If desired, perform your song for family members or friends.

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular FRINDLE. He has been nominated for a multitude of state awards and has won the Christopher Award and an Edgar Award. His popular works include EXTRA CREDIT, LOST AND FOUND, NO TALKING, ROOM ONE, LUNCH MONEY, A WEEK IN THE WOODS, THE JACKET, THE SCHOOL STORY, THE JANITOR'S BOY, THE LANDRY NEWS, THE REPORT CARD AND THE LAST HOLIDAY CONCERT. Mr. Clements taught in the public schools near Chicago for seven years before moving East to begin a career in publishing and writing. He lives with his wife in central Massachusetts and has four grown children.  His website is andrewclements.com. 

Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

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Discussion Topics

Jack makes a careful plan to deface a music room desk. Explain Jack's plan. Do you think most kids put gum under desks or do other damage to school property in similar ways, or for similar reasons? What does Jack hope to achieve with his gum plan?

In chapter two, Andrew Clements writes: "...laughter from kids is more powerful than words from teachers." What does this mean? In what ways is this statement correct? In what ways is this statement incorrect?

What do Luke and Kirk do to Jack after his dad cleans up their classroom in chapter three? What other encounters does Jack have with Luke and Kirk? How does he handle them? Do you think Jack uses a good strategy to handle these boys? Explain your answer. Have you ever teased another kid about something he or she could not change? Why did you do this? How did you feel about it afterwards?

Chapter six begins with a discussion of ways in which Jack is like his dad. Are you ever told you are like your father, mother, or another family member? How does this comparison make you feel? How does the comparison make Jack feel? What is the real reason he feels this way?

Describe Jack's mother and sister. Do you think Jack has a good home life? How might this story have been different had Jack explained his feelings to one of his parents? Do you think he understood his feelings well enough to explain them?

How does Jack's father react to Jack's bad behavior and punishment? What does Jack think about this reaction?

What is the thing that Helen calls "Boy Territory"? Do you think there is a comparable place that could be called "Girl Territory"? What is the author really describing when he speaks of "Boy Territory"?

What does Jack learn about gum from his three-week punishment? What does he learn about the old school building? What does he learn about his father's job?

What happens when Jack discovers that one of the mystery keys leads him to the tower? Late in the story, another character admits to spending time up in the tower. Who admits this? Did this admission surprise you? What does the tower section of the story show readers about this character? What does it teach readers about Jack?

What does Jack's father tell him about his grandfather? Why do you think he tells him this story? Do you think Jack's grandfather was a good person? Was he a good father? In what ways is Jack's dad similar to or different from Jack's grandfather? Do you think Jack's dad would have reacted the same way to the totaled car? Explain your answer.

Explain what John means when he says, "My life is my life, and yours is yours. I'm just glad that we get to run side by side for a few years, that's all."

Can you think of a moment in time when you felt you really understood a parent's point of view? Describe this moment and how it affected your relationship with this adult.

Activities and Research

Interview an adult at your school who holds a job other than that of teacher, such as an administrator, cafeteria cook, or janitor. Include questions about their job responsibilities, how they came to have their job, their childhood, life outside of school, favorite books, and special interests. Videotape the interview, or use the information to write a newspaper-style article about your chosen person.

Organize a school cleanup day. Ask your teacher, principal, or janitor what type of cleanup is most needed. Make posters announcing your cleanup day. Make a list of tasks and divide them among participating students or classes. Take pictures of the big cleanup and create a wall display recapping highlights of the day.

Jack makes a list of ways he is not like his father. Make your own list of ways you are similar to and different from others in your family. What similarity makes you most proud? What difference do you find most interesting? Try turning your list into a poem.

Make a map of your school. First, take a walk around the school, taking careful notes about what you observe. If necessary, use a separate sheet of graph paper for each floor of your school. Use a rule and colored pencils to create your map, being sure to label halls, classrooms, the gym, the library, the office, and other important places. Highlight favorite locations or places of special interest. Mount your finished map on a sheet of colored paper to create a frame. If possible, compare your map to the maps of classmates or friends. What similarities and differences can you find? What can you learn about different kids' feelings about their school from looking at their maps?

Like his father, John the janitor is willing to quietly help others without seeking any recognition for himself. Make a quiet offer of help to someone in your community. Rake an elderly neighbor's yard, help a busy mom by playing with her preschoolers for an afternoon, or give a teacher a hand straightening up his or her classroom after school. Don't wait until you're asked, and don't ask for anything in return. Afterwards, write a short journal entry explaining how your action made you feel. Will you do such a thing again?

Go to your local library or online to learn more about American war veterans. Then create a patriotic poster honoring all of America's veterans, or an individual veteran you know. Invite some veterans from your community to a classroom or school assembly acknowledging their contributions. The assembly could include a short performance of patriotic music, tasty treats, and the presentation of your posters.

Write a short essay describing the job held by one of your parents or guardians. What do you know about their job? How did they come to have this job? How do you feel about the position they hold? Would you like to have a similar job when you grow up? Why or why not?

Why do kids sometimes find it difficult to tell their parents how they are really feeling? What might be some ways to make communication easier? Write lyrics for a song about a kid talking to an adult. Set your words to a favorite song. If desired, perform your song for family members or friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    Janitor's Boy

    The Janitor¿s Boy By Andrew Clements This book is about Jack Rankin, a fifth grade boy who learns he will be attending school where his dad is the head janitor. He loves his dad very much but when he was younger his classmates picked on him because he said he wanted to be a janitor when he grew up, just like his dad. From that point on Jack had a different opinion about his dad¿s work. Jack becomes very angry and embarrassed, when his fellow classmates realize that his dad is the janitor at their new school. Jack acts out and vandalizes his school desk to get back at his dad. Instead his actions rebound and he has to clean desks everyday for three weeks. Jack becomes the janitor¿s assistant. He found some keys in his dad¿s office that had access to every door in the whole school, but there is one particular door that he is really interested in. During the book he finds the door that will lead to an adventure. Jack learns a lot about his dad and realizes that he loves his dad for who he is no matter what others may think. I really enjoyed reading this book. Clements did a great job relating this book to real life situations. If you like to read books with real life situations that could possibly apply to your own life then you could read The Janitor¿s Boy. If you like books filled with excitement, adventure, and morals, this is the book for you. The suspense in this book keeps the reader focused. This book is so good you will not want to put it down. If you would like to take an awesome adventure with Jack you can read this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    This is one of the best books Andrew Clements has wrote. If you like suspence you will like this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Andrew Clements fan

    Good book!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 26, 2012

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    My Review of Janitor`s Boy

    This is a great book for 9 to 12 years old. I love humor books and sad books so if you like these books, this is denfintley one of them. Hope you read this fantastic book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2006

    A book you should read!

    The Janotors Boy is about a boy who gets himself into a sticky situation! He has to assists the Janotor for 3 weeks and is very snoopy. His dad is the Janotor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    I recommend this book to you!

    The book was funny, scary, and interesting. I wanted to keep reading for as long as I could. The book tied up all the loose ends and had a great plot. You should definitely read this book. It is VERY good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    The Review of The Janitor's Boy

    The book is called The Janitor's Boy.The Janior's Boy is about a kid named Jack.Jack's dad is a janitor.People make fun of his dad.He wishes his dad was not a janitor. Jack put gum on the bottom of a desk to make more work for his dad.He had to be a junior janitor after school for three weeks. One day he found some keys.There was one that led to a hidden door.The hidden door led to a steam tunnel.Inside the tunnel was a boy that told Jack more about his dad. I would reccomend this book if you like adventure.It was a very exiting and good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book along with all of the other andrew clements. You should definetly get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Good

    A good story about a boy and his tipicall worrys. A boy who is embarressed about his dad being a janiter. A story that will make you laugh and at the end you'll be smiiling till it hurts. This "book" is a good story and a little realalistic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Q

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    book

    best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    G

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Hfhfcg

    I bought the sample first and then I bought the real book and it only still gave me the sample I only put one star because thats the lowest u can go

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2009

    The Janitor's Boy

    The Janitor's Boy by Andrew Clements is an excellent realistic fiction novel. The Janitor's Boy is a great novel because it is filled with surprises that make you want to keep reading. This novel takes place mainly in Jack's elementary school. Jack is completely embarrassed by his dad, the janitor. When Jack was little he always wanted to be like his dad and was teased about it ever since. So now Jack wants to get back. He decides to cover his desk in watermelon flavored Bubblicious gum, hoping his dad would clean it. But things didn't go as he planned and Jack gets caught. Now he has to clean off all of the desks in his school for three weeks. But then he stumbles upon his father's keys and he decides to see what doors they lead to. Then, Jack finds a secret door while messing around on the stage in the auditorium. Soon, he finds that someone was actually living there. The author uses great description and detail. For example, instead of saying Jack found the perfect peace of gum, he described it as much as he could. He said it was a piece of watermelon Bubblicious gum and continued describing its characteristics. I enjoyed this book a lot and I think that anyone who likes suspense and surprises would like it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    Great Book For Elementary Students!

    This book is about Jack Rankin, a fifth grade boy who learns he will be attending school where his dad is the head janitor. He loves his dad very much but when he was younger his classmates picked on him because he said he wanted to be a janitor when he grew up, just like his dad. From that point on Jack had a different opinion about his dad¿s work. Jack becomes very angry and embarrassed, when his fellow classmates realize that his dad is the janitor at their new school. Jack acts out and vandalizes his school desk to get back at his dad. Instead his actions rebound and he has to clean desks everyday for three weeks. Jack becomes the janitor¿s assistant. He found some keys in his dad¿s office that had access to every door in the whole school, but there is one particular door that he is really interested in. During the book he finds the door that will lead to an adventure. Jack learns a lot about his dad and realizes that he loves his dad for who he is no matter what others may think. I really enjoyed reading this book. Clements did a great job relating this book to real life situations. If you like to read books with real life situations that could possibly apply to your own life then you should read The Janitor¿s Boy. If you like books filled with excitement, adventure, and morals, this is the book for you. The suspense in this book keeps the reader focused. This book is so good you will not want to put it down. If you would like to take an awesome adventure with Jack you can read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    A Great Book!

    This is a story of the complicated and difficult relationship between a father and son. The son grows while solving his problems through trials that allow him to better understand his father. Ten years old Jack Rankins feels like he is trapped in a nightmare. Jack¿s problem is a man that most students call ¿John the Janitor¿. Out of all the kids in the school, Jack is the only one who does not call him John. Jack calls him a different name. Jack calls him Dad. Jack¿s dad is the janitor of the school that Jack will be attending this year. He is ashamed and embarrassed by his father¿s job as head janitor. Jack performs a sticky act of revenge on his dad. Ironically, his plan backfires. Jack is sentenced to three weeks of janitor duty, because of his effort to ruin the school property. One day after duty, Jack found the key safe. To Jack, the keys meant adventure. Jack discovered a tunnel that leads him into a situation which allowed him to a get a better understanding of this father. The beginning of the story is interesting because, Jack is committing the perfect crime. There is a lot of description, which makes the readers feel and understand the character¿s emotions. The author keeps its readers on their toes and eager to know Jack¿s every move. Jack Rankin¿s adventure leads to surprising discoveries about his father and himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Janitor's Boy

    The Janitor¿s Boy By Andrew Clements This book is about Jack Rankin, a fifth grade boy who learns he will be attending school where his dad is the head janitor. He loves his dad very much but when he was younger his classmates picked on him because he said he wanted to be a janitor when he grew up, just like his dad. From that point on Jack had a different opinion about his dad¿s work. Jack becomes very angry and embarrassed, when his fellow classmates realize that his dad is the janitor at their new school. Jack acts out and vandalizes his school desk to get back at his dad. Instead his actions rebound and he has to clean desks everyday for three weeks. Jack becomes the janitor¿s assistant. He found some keys in his dad¿s office that had access to every door in the whole school, but there is one particular door that he is really interested in. During the book he finds the door that will lead to an adventure. Jack learns a lot about his dad and realizes that he loves his dad for who he is no matter what others may think. I really enjoyed reading this book. Clements did a great job relating this book to real life situations. If you like to read books with real life situations that could possibly apply to your own life then you could read The Janitor¿s Boy. If you like books filled with excitement, adventure, and morals, this is the book for you. The suspense in this book keeps the reader focused. This book is so good you will not want to put it down. If you would like to take an awesome adventure with Jack you can read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    Sticky

    When I read this book I thought it was awsome! I could really relate to the story! Sometimes things can be a bit sticky!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Janitor's Boy

    I loved the story, The Janitor's Boy. The best parts were when Jack got locked in the steam tunnel and met a boy named Eddie and when Jack did his homework in the bell tower. Those parts were really cool! I loved them!

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