Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye
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*Published October 20, 2009*
Did anyone else read this series towards the end of the publication of Harry Potter? I remember reading this series just the one time and I own a copy of this series, so I guess you can say this is a reread to see if the series was as good as I remember it.
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.
This was a good book. I truly do remember with rosy glasses, but it’s a great start to a series and it’s a series that I’ll continue reading.
Leven is just a 14 year old kid called to fulfil his grandfather’s legacy of destroying the gateway between this world and the world of dreams named Foo. Yeah, ridiculous name, but what else would you call the world of dreams, but a ridiculous name? In order to fulfil this legacy, Leven is gifted a friend/sidekick named Clover, a girl with the power to control ice named Winter, and Geth, the benevolent leader of the realm of Foo.
Some of my favourite things that I re-learned about myself while reading this first book was that I accepted a lot of weirdness in the books I read. Like, in this one, Winter’s mother, once she loses her job, just sits at home, moves the fridge to the living room and pulled a hose in through the window to have constant access to water, and sits and watches her soap operas for the rest of the time we see her in the book. When I was younger, I just accepted this as that’s what adults do when they lose their jobs. Reading it now though, it’s just a very weird thing to do. What happens when you run out of money to pay for the electricity that runs all of those things? Just sit there some more? Anyway, I accepted weird things when I was younger, but it’s a good thing to do, else you can’t enjoy the book.
I also re-learned that we all need dreams to make life worth living. Without them, we become depressed and cycincal and unable to live life as fully as we want or need to.
Traveling the world and making his way to Foo, Leven learns some things about himself he wouldn’t have learned otherwise, as well as learning that the world needs dreams. What do have learned about following your dreams? How have they lead you in this world? Comment below and let me know!