Leven Thumps is a weird name.
This is the name of the main character in the book, Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo. While Leven is not teased about his name, he is teased about the white streak of hair that runs down the side of his dark hair. Skunk, he's called by the bullies at school and home.
That's right, home. Step-dad is a bully. He is cruel to Leven and so is step-mom forcing him to sleep on the porch and serve them as a slave. When Leven meets Clover, a creature from the world of Foo, he learns that he has special powers and must save the world from the evil Sabine who wants to take away humans' ability to dream. On his quest, Leven meets Winter who also has unique powers and the two of them run away from their difficult home situations where they find Geth, the king of Foo, who has turned into a toothpick.
The book is full of action and an entertaining. The parents are cartoonish in their extreme behaviors and made me think of Roald Dahl's Aunt Spiker and Sponge. Sabine is evil and it is hinted that he doesn't control his actions but someone else is. This is never explained.
The book has some violent parts with the step-dad attacking Leven with a baseball bat and of course the "bad guys" trying to kill Leven, Winter, and Geth. Fantasy lovers should enjoy this read.
Reading Level 6.4
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