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Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for 2005 Best Juvenile Fiction, and Book of the Year Award for Best Audio Fiction, awarded by ForeWord Magazine
Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps is no ordinary boy, but that's exactly what Sabine and his dark shadows want him to believe. The evil forces know the fate of the world and the dreams of all mankind can be saved by only one boy with a powerful gift — a gift he has yet to understand or control.
Leven, a.k.a. “Lev,” lives a wretched life at the Rolling Greens Deluxe Mobile Home Park in Burnt Culvert, Oklahoma. But his life is about to change and his destiny be fulfilled as he learns about a secret gateway that bridges two worlds — the real world and Foo, a place created at the beginning of time that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine. “Foo is an entire realm hidden in a fold of the mind, a very real place,” says author Obert Skye.
But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from that dream world have been sent to retrieve Lev — Clover, a mischievous, fuzzy, foot-high sidekick; Winter, an odd girl who can freeze things; and Geth, the rightful heir to the monarchy of Foo. Lev's mission: to destroy the hidden gateway before Sabine can find his way out of Foo and into the real world where he plans to reign supreme.
Unfortunately, the gateway is on the other side of the world, time is running out, and reaching the gateway is only one of the ominous tasks. Destroying it will require an act of great courage and daring, something Lev is not at all certain he is up to.
Can this unique band of travelers convince Lev to do what only he can do? Can Leven even find the gateway? Will belief overcome doubt? It's a race against time to save the world . . . if only fate would step in and help.
“Splendidly unpredictable plot twists. . . . [With] deliciously menacing monsters, equally delicious turns of phrase, and sly riffs on everything from pop music to Harry Potter, the author sends Leven Thumps and company on a long, strange trip, culminating in a literally explosive climax.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Excellent . . . palpable excitement and suspense. Kids and adults will enjoy this charming tale of good and evil.” — Publishers Weekly
“This rollicking, suavely told tale should captivate readers.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
- Published: March 2005
- Pages: 384
- CD Length: 10 Hours and 20 Minutes
About the Author
Obert Skye is the bestselling author of the Leven Thumps and Pillagy series. He is also the author of the comic novels, The Creature from My Closet. Obert lives in a constant state of wonder. He has a keen sense of smell and is the owner of a great deal of curiosity. For further information about Obert’s current whereabouts or state of mind, visit abituneven.com.
Great fantasy novel for all ages
by Bryce - reviewed on February 15, 2005
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo is a delightful journey where the mystical and the mundane meet. It is the first book in a series that will rival Harry Potter. Young and old will be captured by the blending of a struggle between good and evil and a plethora of humor. I highly recommend it.
A fun read that sparks the imagination in any age group!
by Jeannine L. - reviewed on October 25, 2006
My husband and I (both of us in our 50's) have been reading this book together and are thoroughly enjoying the witty dialogues and interesting characters. We have laughed so hard in some places that we had to put the book down! I have particularly enjoyed using my own imagination to visualize the events that take place. Winter is very cool (no pun intended), Leven is so 'human', and Clover is ... well ... Clover! Whether you believe that Foo exists or not, this is a fun read for any age. We definitely plan on following this series.
Creative, entertaining, and fantastic word usage
by Marilee - reviewed on May 15, 2005
My third grade class LOVES this book and so do I! Very creative characters and plot. We all want to have our very own Clover sitting on our shoulders during class helping us get through the day. I will often stop reading and just laugh. I will never look at another toothpick the same in my life, now that I have met Geth. Super creative, entertaining, and fantastic word usage in creating 'mind pictures.' Obert Skye is an amazing author. Marilee Vlam
by Tom - reviewed on March 01, 2005
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo will have readers young and old saying 'Harry who?' The author does a great job of mixing humor with adventure, fantasy, and a talking toothpick! Pick it up and you won't want to put it down!
A Wonderful Book!!!!
by Michael - reviewed on September 19, 2005
I love this book! I am a 6th grade teacher in Utah. I read Leven Thumps to my class before it was released and they loved it. I bought a classroom set of 30 to use in my teaching. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
CD's Worth Listening to over and over again!!
by Cheri - reviewed on April 10, 2005
I listened to the CD's of Leven Thumps in my car. I loved the voices, I think Clover was my favorite. I laughed right out loud! One night, I sat in my driveway listening for 30 minutes. I can hardly wait for the next volume to come out
Would not give this book as a gift.
by Darla - reviewed on June 20, 2005
I did not like this book much. I tried but it was so out there I had to stop reading it. I would not give this book as a gift. Although the characters are pretty interesting, the story is a little immature.
Comparing Leven Thumps to Harry Potter is disgraceful.
by Joli - reviewed on September 26, 2006
When I heard that Leven Thumps was a book that appealed to Harry Potter readers, I was anxious to give it a shot. It was an easy read, which I appreciated, however the story line was random and yet predictably absurd. Leven Thumps would probably appeal more to older children that enjoy adventure stories with a ridiculous plot. Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone who enjoys the new classics like Eragon or Harry Potter.
by Cassandra - reviewed on November 21, 2008
Different but a great read, can't wait to read the next one.
by Ashley - reviewed on January 09, 2008
To see if this really is a good book, do not compare it to other books. This story may be similar to other books but it also is extremely different the story invents a new world with fascinating people creatures and powers. Read this book just for the sake of enjoying it do not compare to to other books or it will lose some of the fun because you are judging it not enjoying it. It is a great enjoyable and imaginative book.
by Customer - reviewed on September 17, 2008
I loved this book sure it starts out weird but in a way funny but flat out i loved it
by Caleb - reviewed on September 20, 2008
Very imaginative. I highly recommend this book
Worth the wait
by Morgan - reviewed on October 02, 2008
It took so long for books 2 & 3 to be written, I was ready to dump the series and move on. But, I am glad I didn't. The third book is as enjoyable as the second book. Now that you know most of the characters, you can get more into the plot and the storyline. This book kept my interest and prepared me to enjoy books 4+. 3 1/2 Stars.
Interesting new series
by Morgan - reviewed on October 02, 2008
I decided to read this book to keep up on my children's reading. I enjoyed it. It was a start to a new fantasy series. It started out easy enough, but quickly got a bit heavy in the middle. It isn't a book for younger kids as it jumps around a bit. Overall, it was fun and a start to a new Harry Potterish series. 3 Stars.
by Customer - reviewed on June 10, 2010
it was so funny i love it