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Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo: Book One | [Obert Skye]

Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo: Book One

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. "Lev") is no ordinary boy, but that's exactly what Sabine and his dark shadows want him to believe. They know the fate of the world and the dreams of all mankind can be saved by one boy with a powerful gift, one he has yet to understand or control. Enter Clover, a funny foot-high sidekick; Winter, a girl who can freeze things; and Geth, the rightful heir to the dream world of Foo. Three transplants with only one mission: to retrieve Leven and save Foo.
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Publisher's Summary

Here's a new fantasy adventure series that has young readers dreaming for more!

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. "Lev") is no ordinary boy, but that's exactly what Sabine and his dark shadows want him to believe. They know the fate of the world and the dreams of all mankind can be saved by one boy with a powerful gift, one he has yet to understand or control. Enter Clover, a funny foot-high sidekick; Winter, a girl who can freeze things; and Geth, the rightful heir to the dream world of Foo. Three transplants with only one mission: to retrieve Leven and save Foo.

Can this unique band of travelers help Lev overcome his doubt and convince him to do what only he can do? Will Leven find the Gateway in time? Will fate make the difference?

This is the first book of Leven Thumps and his extraordinary journey to a magical place that can no longer be hidden. Welcome to Foo.

New to Foo? Don't miss the second book in the Leven Thumps series, Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret.

©2006 Obert Skye. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Shadow Mountain. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Excellent...palpable excitement and suspense. Kids and adults will enjoy this charming tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Victoria new york, NY, USA 05-27-09
    Victoria new york, NY, USA 05-27-09
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    "Great for young teens"

    An exciting book for ages 10-14. Did a good job maintaining the energy in the book Great for long drives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 12-15-08
    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 12-15-08 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Listen for Younger Audiences"

    Despite the fact that the characters in this book are 14, the book was obviously written for the preteen or tween set. The book has a certain number of the "young audience" fantasy archetypes: the kid stuck in cruel circumstances, the wise mage to lead him on his quest, the evil enemy bent on controlling the world -- and thus, quite accidentally, destroying it. But the nature of Foo -- the land where all human dreams come from, makes this a little bit different.

    I will not tell you it's great, because it is not! But younger audiences should appreciate and enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Art Teacher Guy 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good story, reader for much younger kids"

    I am not a fan of the reader. he sounds too much like he's reading to very small children. I find it hard to listen to and teenagers would find it painfully condescending. It is a little less painful if you set playback at 1.25 speed. The story is good. Very creative when it comes to the working of dreams by people who slipped out of our world. The fantasy world also seems consistent enough to follow its own rules, which is important.

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    Tristen Salem, UT, United States 02-11-13
    Tristen Salem, UT, United States 02-11-13
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    "Great for the whole family!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo to be better than the print version?

    The audiobook was great for our autistic daughter. She really got into the series and the narrator made that happen. I listened to this one, but read the print version of some others in the series. After having listened to this first, I read with E.B. Steven's voices in my head. :)


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    Arwen PAYSON, UT, United States 04-05-12
    Arwen PAYSON, UT, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible YA Fantasy"

    I had a really hard time with this book because of the poor quality of the story itself and the narrator. Someone else wrote "we had a hard time with the narrator because of his tone, it troubled us" and I think that's an understatement. Every time he said "wa-Ter" we would bust out laughing because his pressured pronunciations were so exaggerated and strange that it became difficult to even finish the book. The story itself is an archetyped, coming of age teen fantasy novel. The characters were one-dimensional and boring. To top it all off, there was a lengthy couple of chapters where the author seemed to glorify in the unimaginable pain experienced by the smallest character. I am glad kids weren't listening to this with me because I found it deeply disturbing. I would not recommend this book or audiobook to anyone, and I am usually an undiscerning lover of almost all books in the young adult fantasy genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michael Western Australia 10-21-11
    michael Western Australia 10-21-11 Member Since 2015

    Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.

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    "Very good"

    really enjoyed this book and requested book 3-5 cos it isn't available on this site can't wait.

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    Deana wichita, KS, USA 10-19-09
    Deana wichita, KS, USA 10-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Funny and mystical"

    I not only loved this book, but I have begun listening to it with my children at night and they love it! All I hear is "Can we listen to Foo tonight?" There are funny parts, unbelievable parts, and the kids can't wait to see what will happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jess SILVERDALE, WA, United States 02-24-12
    jess SILVERDALE, WA, United States 02-24-12

    energy girl

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    "Fantastic story - too much audio drama"
    If you could sum up Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo in three words, what would they be?

    Boy finds purpose


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Geth because he never lets bad events get him down.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have less vocal suspension. I was troubled by the tone. That being said, we all loved the voice of Clover - it seemed appropriate.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Good verses evil..in your dreams!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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