Toby Alone

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Toby Alone

By Timothee Fombelle; Francois Place (Illustrator); Sarah Ardizzone (Translator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763641818, 384pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2009

Translated into twenty-two languages.
Toby Lolness may be just one and a half millimeters tall, but he's the most wanted person in his world the world of the great oak Tree. Toby's father has made a groundbreaking discovery: the Tree itself is alive, lowing with vital energy, and there may even be a world beyond it. Greedy developers itch to exploit this forbidden knowledge, risking permanent damage to their natural world. But Toby's father has refused to reveal his findings, causing the family to be exiled to the lower branches. Only Toby has managed to escape but for how long? And how can he bear to leave his parents to their terrible fate?

About the Author
Timothee de Fombelle is a popular French playwright who has achieved international success as a novelist with his debut, Toby Alone, and its sequel, Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. He has worked as a teacher and in 1990 set up his own theater company. Timothee de Fombelle lives with his family in Paris.

Born in 1957 in Ezanville, France, Francois Place published his first illustrations for children's books in 1983. The award-winning Last Giants (Godine, 1992) confirmed his talents as a writer and illustrator, and A Voyage of Discovery (2001) won the Grand Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. His most recent book with Godine is the acclaimed Old Man Mad About Drawing (2004).

Sarah Ardizzone has won several awards for her translation work, including the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle and for Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac.

Praise For Toby Alone

"An adventurous fable stars a minuscule hero facing massive ordeals. . . .
Witty, original, and devastatingly entertaining." — Kirkus Reviews - Starred review