Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret by Obert Skye. Published by Shadow Mountain.

"After escaping a deranged dream-master 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 seceret- one that stalks him, determined to whisper a truth that could be deadly in the wrong hands."

First thing I have to say is, kids are going to love this book. If you know of kids and teenagers (or even adults) who enjoyed the first book, they are going to love the second. It's another high adventure and it never stops from beginning to end! It's very fun and never predictable. Sometimes I really didn't know if I should cheer for Leven or give up in exasperation but the author (or historian, as the case may be) knows how to pull his audience in. A couple of new characters are introduced and the story continues on through Foo. I have to say I'm a little confused by Foo, but maybe it's because I don't remember my dreams very well. It could also be because I don't have a very good imagination, and it certainly has nothing to do with the actual story of Leven Thumps.

If you have not read the first one, Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, you really should not read this one. It will not make any sense, since there is no history or reference to the first one in book 2, you are just thrown into the story. This is a series that the whole family can enjoy, and I think it should be read just before bed to enhance your dreams - as you learn about Foo.