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Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (Leven Thumps #01)

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ISBN13: 9781416928065
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Publisher Comments:

WELCOME TO FOO.

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. "Lev") lives a wretched life 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 at the beginning of time in the folds of the mind that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine. But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from that dreamworld have been sent to retrieve Lev, who alone has the power to save Foo.

Enter Clover, a wisecracking, foot-high sidekick; Winter, a girl with a special power of her own; and Geth, the rightful heir to Foo. Their mission: to convince Lev that he has the power to save Foo. Can this unique band of travelers help Lev overcome his doubt? Will Lev find the gateway in time? Or will Sabine and his dark shadows find the gateway first and destroy mankind?

Review:

"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 then manipulate, the future. He is also the only person on the planet who can protect the gateway to Foo, a mythical realm whose existence ensures that human beings in this reality retain the ability to dream, hope and imagine. Sabine, the wicked ruler of Foo, wants to extend his tyranny by ruling this world as well-but if that happens, no one on Earth would ever be able to dream again. As Lev hurries to find the gateway between the two worlds before Sabine does, he encounters several friends to help him: Winter, a bright 13-year-old girl who can instantly freeze things and people just by wishing it; Clover, an adorable, foot-high furry creature from Foo who has been assigned as Lev's companion (and, apparently, as comic relief); and Geth, the wise but displaced king of Foo, who alone knows the full secret of the gateway. Obert Skye's imagined world of Foo contains many whimsical and delightful elements, such as Humble Pie that apologizes for its own flavor and promises to taste better next time, and candy that temporarily rearranges its chewer's body parts. At times, the prose does not match the quality of the story. Debut novelist Skye resorts to telling instead of showing, especially with character descriptions; Lev's guardian, for example, is 'a little man with no compassion or concern for others.' Some passages are also oddly overwritten ('He didn't speak English, he spoke anguish'). However, the story's pacing is excellent, and the last hundred pages build palpable excitement and suspense. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this charming tale of good and evil, and look forward to the other books in the series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This rollicking, suavely told tale should captivate readers." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Review:

"[R]ecalls Michael Chabon's Summerland for its mix of humor and terror, its splendidly unpredictable plot twists, and its intriguing vision of a reality that is wider than most of us suspect." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

WELCOME TO FOO.

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. "Lev") lives a wretched life 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 at the beginning of time in the folds of the mind that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine. But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from that dreamworld have been sent to retrieve Lev, who alone has the power to save Foo.

Enter Clover, a wisecracking, foot-high sidekick; Winter, a girl with a special power of her own; and Geth, the rightful heir to Foo. Their mission: to convince Lev that he has the power to save Foo. Can this unique band of travelers help Lev overcome his doubt? Will Lev find the gateway in time? Or will Sabine and his dark shadows find the gateway first and destroy mankind?

Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps lives a wretched life 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 in the folds of the mind that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine.

About the Author

Obert Skye was born a number of years ago in a town just about the size of the one you are living in. Those who know him are shocked that Fate has picked him of all people to tell the tale of Foo. He is, after all, incredibly uneasy around people and has never desired the spotlight. Obert was last seen, pencil in hand, standing above the mismatched intersection of Twelfth and Pine Streets. If found, please contact us at LevenThumps.com.

Table of Contents

Contents

The Beginning

Chapter One

A Relative of Foo: The Birth of Leven

Chapter Two

A Cold Wind Blows In: The Arrival of Winter

Chapter Three

Where Monsters Live

Chapter Four

Geth

Chapter Five

Fourteen Years Old

Chapter Six

Hairy Situation

Chapter Seven

Lightning Strikes Twice

Chapter Eight

Everybody Please Remain Seated

Chapter Nine

Sabine's Rant

Chapter Ten

A Marked Target

Chapter Eleven

Taking an Ax for the Home Team

Chapter Twelve

Divide and Conquer

Chapter Thirteen

Realizing You Have Nothing

Chapter Fourteen

I Can See Clearly Now My Head Is Gnawed

Chapter Fifteen

Run Faster

Chapter Sixteen

Picked Out of a Crowd

Chapter Seventeen

Dirty Rotten

Chapter Eighteen

A Little Disappointed

Chapter Nineteen

Lift, Huck, and Listen

Chapter Twenty

Fury by Design

Chapter Twenty-One

We Felt the Earth Squirm under Our Feet

Chapter Twenty-Two

Swallowed Whole and Alive

Chapter Twenty-Three

The Strength of Shadows

Chapter Twenty-Four

All Aboard

Chapter Twenty-Five

Leaving on a Midnight Train to Danger

Chapter Twenty-Six

Boats Are Too Slow and Planes Are Too Complicated

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Closer

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Blown Away

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Physical Again

Chapter Thirty

The Occidental Tourist

Chapter Thirty-One

Foo

Glossary

Who's Who in Foo; The Order of Things

What Our Readers Are Saying

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maxmagoon1, May 23, 2008 (view all comments by maxmagoon1)
for me i thought the book was awesome and i also read leven thumps and the wispered secret and im also planning on reading leven thumps and the eyes of want these books are so addidcting i cant let go!!!
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snicketfan4ever, November 4, 2006 (view all comments by snicketfan4ever)
This book is simply magical. If you're up for a good fantasy read, that has a little humor in it, this is it.
sincerely,
Lauren
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416928065
Author:
Obert Skye and Ben Sowards
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Illustrator:
Sowards, Ben
Author:
Skye, Obert
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Leven Thumps
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr, bandamp;w int
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 400 pages Aladdin Paperbacks - English 9781416928065 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 then manipulate, the future. He is also the only person on the planet who can protect the gateway to Foo, a mythical realm whose existence ensures that human beings in this reality retain the ability to dream, hope and imagine. Sabine, the wicked ruler of Foo, wants to extend his tyranny by ruling this world as well-but if that happens, no one on Earth would ever be able to dream again. As Lev hurries to find the gateway between the two worlds before Sabine does, he encounters several friends to help him: Winter, a bright 13-year-old girl who can instantly freeze things and people just by wishing it; Clover, an adorable, foot-high furry creature from Foo who has been assigned as Lev's companion (and, apparently, as comic relief); and Geth, the wise but displaced king of Foo, who alone knows the full secret of the gateway. Obert Skye's imagined world of Foo contains many whimsical and delightful elements, such as Humble Pie that apologizes for its own flavor and promises to taste better next time, and candy that temporarily rearranges its chewer's body parts. At times, the prose does not match the quality of the story. Debut novelist Skye resorts to telling instead of showing, especially with character descriptions; Lev's guardian, for example, is 'a little man with no compassion or concern for others.' Some passages are also oddly overwritten ('He didn't speak English, he spoke anguish'). However, the story's pacing is excellent, and the last hundred pages build palpable excitement and suspense. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this charming tale of good and evil, and look forward to the other books in the series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This rollicking, suavely told tale should captivate readers."
"Review" by , "[R]ecalls Michael Chabon's Summerland for its mix of humor and terror, its splendidly unpredictable plot twists, and its intriguing vision of a reality that is wider than most of us suspect."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , WELCOME TO FOO.

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. "Lev") lives a wretched life 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 at the beginning of time in the folds of the mind that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine. But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from that dreamworld have been sent to retrieve Lev, who alone has the power to save Foo.

Enter Clover, a wisecracking, foot-high sidekick; Winter, a girl with a special power of her own; and Geth, the rightful heir to Foo. Their mission: to convince Lev that he has the power to save Foo. Can this unique band of travelers help Lev overcome his doubt? Will Lev find the gateway in time? Or will Sabine and his dark shadows find the gateway first and destroy mankind?

"Synopsis" by , Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps lives a wretched life 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 in the folds of the mind that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine.
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