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"An UnFOOgettable Series"

A series of novels by Obert Skye.

It begins with fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps living an awful life with his step aunt Addy and her husband Terry Graph in a trailer home at Burnt Culvert, Oklahoma - a town named after the supernatural fire that blazed there a little over a decade ago. One day, Clover, a Sycophant, reveals himself. Clover tells Leven that he's been watching over him all his life, usually invisible. He and Leven have got to find the gateway into the world called Foo and then destroy that gateway. Foo is Clover's world, the place that makes dreams possible.

Humans who get trapped in Foo are called Nits, and one Nit named Sabine has taken over, leading his armies in search of the gateway. If they find the gateway, they'll lead everyone into reality, Foo will empty out and the lack of dreams will destroy humanity. Although Clover's former "burn" (or master) knew all about the gateway and took him through it about fourteen years ago, Clover never got to see it and doesn't know where it is. A Lithen named Geth who knows where the gateway is had been captured and transformed into a seed by Sabine, but Clover knows that his burn got the seed and planted in in reality. Thus Leven and Clover set out to find Geth so that they can enter Foo and destroy the only way out.

There are Five Books:

  • Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (2005)
  • Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret (2006)
  • Leven Thumps and the Eyes of the Want (2007)
  • Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra (2008)
  • Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder (2009)

Professor Winsnicker's Book of Proper Etiquette for Well-Mannered Sycophants is a side-book that takes place prior to the series.

Leven Thumps is followed by a sequel trilogy called Beyond Foo

  • Geth and the Return of the Lithens (2011)
  • Geth and the Deception of Dreams (2012)
  • TBA

This Series Contains Examples Of

  • Abusive Parents: Addy and Terry Graph to Leven. Justified with Janet Frore as she was chosen to be Winter's adoptive mom because she was such a Jerkass. Played straight with Elton, who wants to kill Leven, because Maria Thumps died in childbirth.
  • Anti-Hero: Azure after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Anti-Villain: Ezra even though his ultimate goal is to kill Geth and take over the world.
  • Badass Normal: Elton who, despite having no gift is strong enough to beat up Leven even though Leven was in his fully powered state.
  • Balloon Belly: Winter in book one when she eats too much of a Filler Crisp.
  • Big Bad: The Dearth, source of all hatred and evil.
  • Big Good: The Want aka Hector Thumps, then Leven Thumps and the Tree.
  • Blessed with Suck: Rants. Half of them is always what someone is dreaming of and they cannot manipulate dreams. Cue Two-Face jokes.
  • Brick Joke: In book four we find out Leven's favourite number is 11. In book five it's the number of whacks to destroy the tree and also his name.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Winter's gift is stolen because Jamoon sucks it out with a machine that Winter actually created.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted. Leven is happy to see Elton but Elton calls Leven out for killing Maria Thumps in childbirth.
  • The Chosen One: Leven. Which is partially why Elton Thumps hates him so much.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The narrator and Clover.
  • Demonic Possession: Dennis by Sabine for the first half of book three.
  • Dinky Drivers: In the first book, Clover commandeers a motor vehicle to catch up to Leven and Winter. He eventually sets up a system to keep the pedals pushed while he hurtles along the street at breakneck pace.
  • Disney Death: Hector Thumps, Amelia Thumps, Elton Thumps, Dennis O. Wood and Clover.
  • The Dragon: Jamoon to Sabine, Sabine and Azure to The Dearth.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Jamoon becomes the Big Bad after Sabine's death.
  • Eaten Alive: Some Bickerwicks Winter forages for in book 2. Since she didn't chew them enough, they argue in her stomach. This gets her caught by the Big Bad.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Dearth, a soil monster.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: When Leven gets the Force.