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Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder

(Leven Thumps #5)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  9,188 ratings  ·  268 reviews
"Do you think he'll be able to do it?" Clover asked, worried. "I'm not sure," Geth replied, amazed by his own doubt. "I'm not sure." In the fifth and final volume of the epic saga of Leven Thumps, all of Foo is rushing madly to exit the realm of dreams while Leven is headed in the opposite direction. Fate snatches him to the island of Alder, where he is poised to pass or ...more
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Shadow Mountain (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All I have to say is you must read all of the books in order. Yes there will be times when you feel a bit worn out from all of the adventures because, most of the time, right after the the characters get out of trouble, trouble finds them again. And yes, this is a book directed towards children. But, i think it is a great book for all ages. Considerably families. I am almost 17, though I started these books when i was about 12 and as I get older I can see how these books are considered ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! Finally done with Foo! I started reading the series to preview them for my kids, and I'm happy to say the Leven Thumps series is full of good, clean fun. There's just enough comedy, suspense, adventure, mystery, imagination, and even puppy-love romance to keep the 8 - 16 crowd innocent but engaged.

I had fun reading about Leven and friends and their adventures in Foo. The characters were fun, and I especially enjoyed the humor and running gags that ran through all five books. I actually
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fast read. Or maybe I just read it fast....Anyway, it was a lot of fun. Lots of humor and adventure. Some soul searching and a bit of romance too. A very satisfying ending to a series I've really enjoyed. And now he's working on a new one with Geth. Woohoo!

I did find this book a bit more Lemony Snicket-y than the others. Maybe I just haven't read the first books for a while, but his style seemed to have evolved some. I'm not complaining because I adore the sarcastic rambling
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an ending to such a fun, imaginative series! The characters have come such a long way and have grown so much. Everything is changed and out of whack while the divide between good and evil, kindness and selfishness is more pronounced than ever. I am so glad I finally was able to finish this series after all this time.
Jun 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I hate to say it, but this book was rather a let-down for me. There was a lot of build up and character development in previous books that were just “thrown to the wind” in this final installment. I liked Leven’s journey in the book and his ultimate accomplishment, but I really didn’t like the very end of the book (although the second to last chapter does present a satisfying scene) (see my comments in the spoilers section below). There was no detail as to how it all went down and ended up as it ...more
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fun read and nice ending to the series (although it looks like there'll be another series starting in the same story universe).

My only real problem is that it has been awhile since I read the previous one and I had a bit of trouble figuring out who certain people were and what had previously happened. Maybe I'm too used to reading the Wheel of Time (or, pretty much any fantasy series) where things are reiterated in each subsequent installment.

Setting: We get to explore the island of Alder and a
Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I don't think this author really had any idea where he was going when he started this series. There are some moments that are really fun, but then there are times when he skips around from subplot to subplot and there are so many characters that it is hard to keep track of everyone. Then, the ending was so abrupt I didn't understand what happened, and then everything was all of a sudden OK. I'm torn because I really liked the premise and the characters,, but this book tried to focus on so many ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween
I am going to add my review to the last book of the series. I enjoyed this series. There are a lot of humorous moments in the book. Some of it is a bit weird (chocolate snot helps the heroes out of a tight spot) but this adds to the books. The land of Foo the author has created is filled with both wonderful and awful creatures. I like the authors little narrative speaking with a wry sense of life which reminds me a bit of Snicket. However, Leven Thumps remains unique, which is why I am giving it ...more
Wes Furgason
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
All the books in this series are pretty much the same. One tragedy, one Obstetrical, one dilemma after another until finally Leven succeeds in what ever it is he is trying to do. Sometimes the opposition to Leven's efforts are carried too far and it gets boring. I really didn't get the part about his father. It's like the Author just didn't know how to involve him in a meaningful way.

There are some really funny parts in the earlier books but nothing to compelling about this last one. It seemed
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was the best of the Leven books. You have to like childish books to stomach them, though. :) I absolutely loved all five books, but most of my friends can only barely make it through the first. :)
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this serious a lot. I like them better that the Harry Potter series. I really enjoyed the odd intro to the chapters that Obert Skye comes up with. The whole series was just great very light hearted and did not take it self to seriously.
Zion Mpeye
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A good book. A nice happy ending to the Leven Thumps series.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm just going to rate the whole series all at once, so just be warned:
Okay, here goes nothing. Books One-Four I would rate five stars. Book Five I would rate five stars too, but you'll know why I didn't in a moment. I loved the books. There was, for me, just the right amount of action, rest, suspense, and romance to keep me awake all night. I loved the very sudden and surprising kiss between Leven and Winter, and that scene kept me off guard all day. Overall, it was a
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full of color, imagination, and light-hearted humor, the fifth and final installment of the Leven Thumps series comes to an explosive yet somewhat sudden ending. Many characters finish their arcs, and the final chapter wraps up very quickly with a "happily ever after" feast. I wish that Mr. Skye had spent more time ending the book, but all in all, it was pleasant. The climax seems a little rushed, but regardless, it's action-packed and thrilling.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book wraps up the Leven Thumps series and even offers deeper perspective on family and the meaning behind a name. However, I felt the author had more story to tell but decided to hurry up and finish it up to move onto another project. He did continue to start many of the chapters with commentary from a narrator who remains to be identified. I wonder if that identity is revealed in another of his books?
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was not predictable like some stories. I would never see the ending coming. plenty of twists and turns in this great book. it is, like all the other books in this series, quite bizarre. there is a lot of things in the book that even after being explained, are still confusing. but it was written in a way that you don't have to fully understand all of the terminology to understand whats happening. overall, really fun story, very well written, and a great book.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The conclusion of the excellent young adult/teen fiction Leven Thumps series captured my imagination with wild descriptions and fanciful characters. A great light read to escape from the grey of Reality into the technicolor of Foo.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent end to the series! I think my favorite part in all the books are the little monologues he uses to start some of the chapters. They seem unrelated at first, but the segue nicely into the plot and they make me smile :)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars, but I put four because I really enjoyed the series overall. The ending on this one wrapped up way too quickly, though.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
-Great suspense
-Believable characters
-Vivid imagery
-For every age.

-Lots of transitions from one character to another
-Ended too soon

The Bottom Line: A book you will want to read over again.

The last book of Orbert Skye's Leven Thumps series; Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder.

It is a creative tale about a boy from reality who becomes tangled into the world of dreams; Foo. It is almost impossible to write anything about this book without potentially spoiling surprises of the first four
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonerful ending to a great series! Filled with suspense, it has lots of adventure and keeps you on your toes. You should read this book!
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Real rating: 4.5 stars
Sigh...such a tragedy that this series has to come to an end. Apparently there’s two other books, so I’ll definitely get to those soon, but I’m still sad. <3
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a fine end to the series, but I felt like the series dragged on a little long.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most exciting and complicated of them all!
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.9 stars
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Leven Thumps is traveling to the Sycophant Run with Geth, Clover and Winter, and gets whisked away with Clover to Alder, a island that has been deserted for years. He follows a path that will take him to the oldest tree. He struggles with his new powers. Geth and Winter go on without him.
Leven crosses a bridge, climbs over a wall, and has to dodge magical rocks that fly at you if you make them mad. He runs into "unfinished business". One person is Sabine. He is so weak that when he tries to
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I liked this book fairly well, but the ending was really disappointing. Sure, everybody lived happily-ever-after like I wanted them to, but the ending was so abrupt, switching from the chaotic destruction of the world to a calm, picturesque meadow with everybody laughing and eating together. It was enough to give me whiplash. I needed details. What exactly happened after Leven cut the tree down? What was the great thing that Winter was supposed to do? We're told that Winter holds the answer to ...more
Nikki McDorman
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I started this series back at Christmas, and while I was a little confused at first, the personalities of the characters just sucked me in. I particularly loved Clover; even as I moved through this series, his responses to Geth, Winter, and Leven just drew me back in.


This was less a series of 5 books and more one really long story. Things more or less drew together, but by the time I got to this book, I was left a little unsatisfied. First of all, the author took to conversing
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reality and Foo are beginning to merge---the barriers that once held the two lands apart are mostly gone. In Reality, Dennis and Ezra are now a potent force, both because of their certainty in the face of all the confusion and because Ezra now has power again. In Foo, Leven and Clover have their own journey through the ruins of Alder, while Geth and Winter are left searching for the best way to help. And one very angry toothpick is waiting for Geth to come out the gate. . .

And so the series
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was great! I finished it even faster than Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra. This book had more than enough danger, excitement and laughs! I thought the ending was very satisfying--however, it didn't really say WHY the Dearth was destroyed by an ordinary axe..okay, not so ordinary, seeing as it came from Foo's oldest tree, that could produce metal at will.
So, I just pretended the blade was "forged by hope".

In the fifth and final Leven Thumps book, the Dearth is whole--and angry.
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Obert Skye read his first book at age two. He wrote his first story at age four. And he was nearly trampled by a herd of water buffalo at age six. For a short time, he lived on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where he spent time as a candy-taster. Several years ago, Obert Skye says, he discovered the existence of Foo. Publishing his story as a fictional series was not Obert’s first choice. ...more

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Leven Thumps (5 books)
  • Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (Leven Thumps, #1)
  • Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret (Leven Thumps, #2)
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“You're kidding, right?" Ezra barked. "We're not just going to wait." "I suppose we could help people clean up a bit," "Girl!" Ezra called out. "Big eyes!" Winter turned from what she was looking at. "Are you talking to me?” 6 likes
“I found a copy of Leven's birth certificate and was surprised to see his birth name listed as E. Leven Thumps. I assume the E. stands for Elton, and I have no idea why they didnt spell it out, but it's intresting to think that it took exactly eleven whacks or thumps to down the oldest tree.” 6 likes
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