A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Being able to dream, hope, and imagine is worth fighting for.
Positive Role Models
Lev finds good companions to help him on his adventure: a13-year-old girl named Winter, who has the power to freeze things and people; the cute and furry Clover, a creature from Foo; and Geth, the wise king of Foo.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild fantasy violence including attacks by several monsters, one of which is lured off a cliff to its death. A sentient tree is ground down into a sentient toothpick.
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Products & Purchases
Fast food restaurant mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult is an abusive alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Leven Thums and the Gateway to Foo is a fantasy about an orphaned Oaklahoma teen being pursued by an evil dream master from, Foo, the realm of of dreams. Mild fantasy violence includes attacks by several monsters, one of which is lured off a cliff to its death. A scene where a sentient tree is ground down into a sentient toothpick might disturb some sensitive children.
Is It Any Good?
This fantasy wanders about for a long time before it really gets going. Along the way there are some flashes of excitement, but there's virtually no character development, and the derivative plot doesn't make much sense. There are plenty of clichés and numerous weirdly inappropriate references that few kids will get, to everything from '70s pop music to Seinfeld.
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