After escaping a deranged dreammaster and destroying the hidden gateway, Leven Thumps and his band of travelers must now journey across Foo and restore Geth from his shape as a toothpick to the rightful king he once was But Foo is still in chaos, and Leven must overcome several adversaries and survive the Swollen Forest in order to save his friends and keep hope alive As fate would have it, nothing goes as planned, and even Geth begins to wonder if they will succeed Bad goes to worse as Leven digs up a long buried secretone that stalks him, determined to whisper a truth that could be deadly in the wrong hands Through it all, Leven finds the courage to do what is right and continues to discover an inner strength and a power he never thought possible


10 thoughts on “Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret (Leven Thumps, #2)

  1. Whitney Whitney says:

    Tedious. Tedious, tedious, tedious.

    Like the first book, The Whispered Secret managed to pick up the pace at the end, but that did not make up for the first three quarters.

    Perhaps it would be a better read as a part of a nightly tradition in which you read a chapter or two to your children. That would break up the tedious repetition of the same plotline.

    I'm amazed I feel this apathetic about the book, because I do like the storyline and the setting. The writing and the world of Foo itself are magnificently creative and interesting, but oh my, shoot me dead with all of the mini-adventures. First one person gets separated from the group because something bad happens. Then that person finds the group again just as something bad is happening, and someone gets separated again. I was very DONE with the idea of the group separating and uniting after the fourth reunion.

    And the toothpick jokes were old in the first book and ancient in the second. We get it--it's silly. It's a weird situation to be talking to a toothpick. Toothpicks are odd objects that people typically overlook. They can't do normal things. I get it.


  2. Bowchambers Bowchambers says:

    After the crazy quest in the first book Leven is back and finds out that he is a part of huge destiny between four heroes to stop mass chaos. After going through the earth and making it to the land of Leven must fix Geth and return him to the King he once was. The book was enjoyable to me because it was a fast paced fantasy read that I always enjoy just like the first one. Winter a girl cursed with silver blonde hair goes on her own to find the source of her powers. A young boy on a mission to save the world from an unknown evil. Clover is Leven's guardian and has over seen him since birth and serves as the guide throughout the adventure. A small creature with leaf like ears. He returns back to his own kind to try and find information about the land they don't know anymore. Foo has drastically changed from what they know and now Geth is a mighty hero is still a tree. When the tree is cut down you see the trials and tribulations of the mighty Geth. He gets turned into a toothpick and they try to turn him to his former self. They all try to bring Geth back and survive in the land of Foo. Recommended for anyone who enjoys fantasy stories or an easier read with plenty of action.The entire series is a wild ride and can get very crazy.


  3. Laura Laura says:

    Geared to ages 10 and up

    Start with a base from J.K. Rowling, add a dash of Lemony Snicket, a bit of J.R.R. Tolkein and a whole lot of Lewis Carroll, and you may end up with a story much like “Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret”, book two in a series about 14-year-old orphan Leven Thumps who was whisked away from the Reality you and I live in to discover himself in the dreamland of Foo.

    This second book of this non-LDS series by Obert Skye opens in the world of Foo, a place where human dreams are manipulated and where nothing is as expected. In the words of one character who lives in Foo:

    “ ‘Listen, Leven Thumps, the sooner you realize that you understand nothing, the better off you will be. Nothing is the same here as in Reality. All that you have known is now different. The air you are breathing is different. You think the sun will rise tomorrow?’ Farrow challenged.
    “Leven nodded cautiously
    “ ‘Ha!’ Farrow scoffed, letting go of Leven’s shirt. He wobbled and grabbed onto Leven’s sleeve. ‘The sun might rise tomorrow and it might not. Maybe you’ll grow older, and maybe not. Either way, you would be better off to forget what you know.’”

    Leven is joined in his journey by his friend Winter and his mentor/protector Geth (the heir to the throne of Foo who spends much of his time in this book trapped in the form of a talking toothpick until he ends up cast into a fire). The three protagonists begin their journey through Foo with the goal of restoring Geth to his natural humanoid form, but are sidetracked by evil birdlike creatures who dig gaping chasms, a swollen forest filled with the remnants of bad dreams and an entire mountain made of people’s regrets – all overseen by a dark lord who is half-possessed and deformed by Reality’s human dreams. Leven’s personal guide throughout the journey, the “sycophant” Clover, provides comic relief along with some real life-saving tricks and unusually practical practical jokes.

    If readers can get through the first half of the book (a quick reading of the glossary and a high tolerance for simile and bad puns will help), by the time the climactic chase scene shows up, the story is interesting enough to urge a few more page turns to the finale. A boy or girl in the fourth or fifth grade who’s not super interested in the subtlety or development of characters, would have no problem getting to this point in the book. Readers more interested in books more firmly grounded in reality, with less reliance on fantastic ways of escape or in three-dimensional, complex characters might have a tougher time of it. Nearly all of the characters in the book are depicted as completely good or completely bad, with the “bad guys” seeming to wear the proverbial black hats (often in extra-large size to fit their fat heads). This broad, obvious characterization simplifies both villains and heroes into caricatures, but since the book is specifically geared toward children as young as 10 years old, the lack of complexity may be overlooked.

    Skye scatters historical facts from the first book in the series (“Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo”) throughout the second book, making it possible for readers who haven’t read the whole series to understand the actions and characters in the Whispered Secret a bit more clearly.

    Leven’s adventures in Foo remind him who he is – the grandson of Hector Thumps, and a person “essential to Foo and the dreams of all mankind.” Leven discovers that knowing his heritage and understanding who he really is is the key to his success in Foo: Fate hands him his life journey and draws him to his destiny, and his mind and body are literally enlarged and enlightened as he grasps the hand of fate and steps bravely forward to do what must be done.

    Just as Leven comes to terms with himself and adjusts to his new role, life and status in Foo, the whispered secret that has followed him across the dreamland catches up with him in the final chapters, setting the stage for book three in the series.


  4. Nessa Nessa says:

    I was expecting this one to be better than its predecessor. I was wrong. Very wrong.
    After getting to Foo, I thought, Okay, now things are gonna get good, since we're done travelling to Foo. No, I was wrong. Winter gets kidnapped, and what does Leven do? Instead of going after her like a good hero should, he keeps tramping on to save Geth. Oh wait! Geth has a dark side named Ezra! He teams up with what's left of the villain from the first book! Was I worried or scared? No. I was confused. It's like playing whack-a-mole, only the moles go down too fast and you can't even understand half of what's going on.
    Another thing that bugged me was that the descriptions of all of Clover's candy to me seemed like the author sitting at his desk going, What would be funny? Oh yeah! I'll have him blow up like a balloon! No, I'll have him pull out a pink jump rope! Haha! Let me say it right now: there are no orginal jokes in this book. The humor falls flat.
    As in the last book, Good guys get exploited for being good, bad guys plot to rule the world blah blah blah.
    Thing number two that bothered me: Winter loses her powers, but the only real sorrow is, like, one line of narration going something like Winter was very sad she had lost her powers. COME ON!! Losing Magical powers is like losing your arm: you don't ever get over it completely. You learn to live with it, but you find reminders of oh yeah, I could do that...when i had magical powers. If I were Winter, I'd be in a state of deep depression, not very sad. Of course, the now restored Geth (was I worried Leven wasn't going to make it? No. Another thing this book lacks: suspence) promises that they'll find a way to bring her powers back.
    Oh get this, once Geth comes back, his whole kingdom comes out of nowhere like an inflatable toy. Um, I'd like it better if people complained about Geth being gone, and all in full hearing range of Geth the toothpick, which would dishearten our wooden friend. But no, Geth is all I believe in fate and skips off to certain doom/destruction. But no, since Geth is...well, I forgot entirely what he is but he's special Fate is a good friend to our toothpick.
    Really, more of the same drabble as in the first book.
    And as for the secret: More foreshadowing would be nice. Instead of gradually getting worse, it should have started out as unintelligible nonsense, progressing into the actual secret. Something like Kill how this scyophant.
    and what's with metal objects having to be reported anyways? It's like...one of those stupid rules that makes no sense whatsoever.


  5. Smaileh Smaileh says:

    This book starts right where the last one left off. Again, I enjoy the use of language, and, again, I am not fond of the reliance on fate and coincidence.

    Leven and his friends are separated when Jamoon, one of Sabine's minions, attacks them with a flock of rovens. Leven is torn between rescuing Winter and taking Geth to the turrets where he can reclaim his seat as leader of Foo. If they delay in reaching the turrets, Geth will die. There is an interesting image of a mountain made of rocks representing the sins and transgressions of the people of Foo. (Fooites? Foovians?) But the storyline that really held my interest was the one still on earth. Ezra, who was also formed from the tree that housed Geth's spirit in Oklahoma, holds the dark side of Geth's heart--all the anger and jealousy and bitterness and resentment. He finds a willing dupe in Dennis, a janitor who has been overlooked his entire life. Dennis is compelled to help Ezra return to Foo, but once in Berchtesgaden they encounter the remains of Sabine. At the same time, Tim, an old neighbor and friend of Winter, is searching for her and his path leads him to Dennis, Ezra and Sabine. I will be very interested in following their story.

    This is turning out to be a series that has to be read in order, and this volume ends on a cliffhanger that demands that you read the next book, Leven Thumps and the Eyes of the Want.


  6. Lindsay Heaton Lindsay Heaton says:

    Pretty good, but somewhat a hodgepodge of other popular kids' fantasy books. That being said, my son really enjoyed it, and I appreciated its lack of swear words and such.


  7. Jen Jen says:

    I struggle with Leven Thumps. I felt like the first book dragged on forever. I started reading the second to see if it was just one of those first book things. So far it's a bulldozer, plowing ahead. There is just something that keeps me from really enjoying Leven. I think part of it is because it seems really disconnected. Most books feel like the author had a decent idea of the general outline of the story (even if they didn't.) So far Leven feels like the author sat down, picked some random word, made up some new weird thing, wrote about it for a few pages, then started with a new thing. It feels random and purposeless.


    Finally finished. I could only read this one a few pages at a time, which is not a good sign for me. It finally got better by the end when Leven actually seems to have some purpose. However, I still yet to figure out why. He starts to suddenly come into his powers as he finally decides to act for himself,(finally but ironically is dubbed following fate) and then starts thinking about how everyone who abused him in the past has helped to give him strength. It was abrupt and a bit confusing. All in all, crazy insanity that I can't seem to enjoy very much.


  8. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I really want to like these books better than I do. The ending of this one was good--the pace picked up, there was drama and purpose, and we actually got some useful information about the big picture. But the first 3/4 of the book was tedious, too many characters, and the same kinds of plot lines over and over. I'm tired of the following: bad event happens to character, author explains ad nauseum exactly what some new object or event means in Foo, character barely escapes bad event, everything is ok for about 5 minutes, then next bad event occurs. I'm rereading these right now to get to the new 4th book--I'm hoping it will be better.


  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    3 Stars.

    This did have some dull parts but most of it was good. I've heard that book 3 is better.

    I really like Clover and my interest in Winter is rising. She's going to be a bit of a tough chick I think in the rest of this series, which I am so in the mood for!


  10. JD JD says:

    Synopsis:
    You must be ready to join Leven Thumps, Clover Ernest, and Winter Frore as they journey across Foo to free Geth from his existence as a toothpick and restore him as the rightful heir to the throne. It won't be easy. Foo is in chaos, and Leven must overcome several adversaries and survive the Swollen Forest to save his friends and keep hope alive. As fate would have it, bad goes to worse when Leven digs up a buried secret -- one that stalks him, determined to whisper a truth that could be deadly in the wrong hands. Will Leven master control of his power, or will Foo crumble under a dark, new enemy?

    Review:
    So, read, is not exactly true. Partially read is more accurate. I couldn't finish it. After not liking the first book very much, but hearing so many people that liked them, I decided to give the series another try. I couldn't make it past chapter three. It's just way to plodding and nothing about the characters makes me care about them one way or another. So I guess this is one series I will never finish.