Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, by Obert Skye, is the beginning of a fantastic new youth series.

From the time he was born, Leven Thumps was destined to be the one to protect the gateway to Foo by destroying it. Raised by an aunt who never wanted him, Leven has had a difficult life. But when a small, furry creature named Clover reveals himself, Leven finds himself at the beginning of a great adventure. Sabine is an evil creature from the land of Foo where dreams are reality. And young Leven is the only one who can stop him from finding the gateway to the real world, saving all of Foo from certain demise. Aided by a young girl named Winter, with powers of her own, and a mysterious creature named Gath, Leven and Clover begin a quest to find and destroy the gateway, while fending off attacks from Sabine along the way.

The characters and creatures from Foo are not only unique, but light-hearted and humorous. And Sabine’s minions are dark, but never creepy enough to be very threatening. With incredibly fun characters and a unique landscape, readers young and old will enjoy with fantasy quest.

For the most part, the story is fast-paced and exciting, focusing on Leven and friends’ journey to finding the gateway. Leven Thumps may never catch on the way Harry Potter did, but I can see this series becoming a fast favorite of mine. And unlike HP’s extremely dark feel, this was a light and frivolous read. And Leven’s adventures have just begun. I can’t wait to read the sequel – Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret, which picks up right where Gateway to Foo leaves off.