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?
This was our audio book last month in the car. I found it a couple years ago for a dollar at Waldenbooks, before that went out of business. I put it on the shelf to save for when we needed a book to listen to. No one wants to ever be without a book do they? I plan for this awful possibility so much that we could be snowed in for months and I would never run out of new books to read.
But back to the book, I had my doubts about it because it seemed like if was reduced to a dollar it must not have been very good. It turns out it is the first book in a children's fantasy series. Foo is a world connected to ours, where all dreams happen, sometimes people are sucked into Foo from places where sidewalks don't quite meet up. Currently in Foo there is a being who wants to rule both Foo and our world and the only ones who can save it are two teenagers, as well as two beings from Foo who have come here to guide them.
There is a lot of adventure and a few somewhat scary scenes. Suspense is well done and the worlds seem real. I am on the fence about continuing the series. I wasn't a big fan of the readers voice, not that I can narrow down what it was about his reading, but something about it made me less likely to want to listen if that makes sense. If I find the next book at the library we'll keep going, but I don't see myself buying more of them. They reminded me a bit of the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins and maybe even a touch of Harry Potter or Spiderwick Chronicles.
Publication date: 7/11/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Age range: 9 - 12 Years