Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye

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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.


 

About Obert Skye

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Obert Skye was born on a stormy night in the back of a fast-moving taxi. Obert spends his time telling all who will listen about the existence of Foo and the importance of dreams. Obert is a fairly ordinary fellow who says he is simply hoping to repair what he has mistakenly undone. You can visit him online at www.leventhumps.com. Ben Sowards holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University. A teacher of art at Southern Utah University, he has illustrated several children's books. He and his wife, Connie, have two daughters and live in Utah.
 
Published July 11, 2006 by Aladdin. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Whether or not that would be a good thing, and whose side Geth and other major players are actually on, becomes anybody’s guess as armies gather, a major island collapses and sinks into the sea with excruciating slowness and the point-of-view shifts with suspense-destroying frequency so that side...

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In a severe case of middle-volume-itis, plot lines proliferate, the pace slows and the tale is left in mid-flight in this follow-up to the better-than-it-looked Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (2005).

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A fizzy blend of high and low fantasy with a distinctly American sensibility, this series kickoff pits a seemingly ordinary Oklahoma teen against a deranged dream master bent on conquering both Earth and the unfortunately named realm of Foo—the metaphysical stage upon which our day and night drea...

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A fizzy blend of high and low fantasy with a distinctly American sensibility, this series kickoff pits a seemingly ordinary Oklahoma teen against a deranged dream master bent on conquering both Earth and the unfortunately named realm of Foo—the metaphysical stage upon which our day and nigh...

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This imaginative and entertaining young adult fantasy novel successfully depicts an unusual boy's coming of age. Oklahoma orphan teen Leven Thumps has a hidden and powerful talent: he can glimpse, and

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When Leven ate some of the candy that Clover, his sycophant and magical protector, gave him, Leven ended up with his nose between his toes.

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Common Sense Media

Together with Clover and a toothpick who was once the king of Foo, they race to destroy the gateway to Foo, pursued by the shadow minions of Sabine, who rules Foo and wants to extend his dominion over the real world.

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