Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

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

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763646554, 414pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2010


A breathless, high-stakes quest to save the miniature world of the Tree — and reunite loved ones lost — unfolds with wit, suspense, and startling revelations.

Toby’s world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the center of the Tree, moss and lichen have invaded the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby’s best friend, is holding Toby’s beloved Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, and inflicting a life of poverty and fear on the Tree People. But after several years among the Grass People, Toby has returned to fight back. And this time he’s not alone: a resistance is forming. In the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning Toby Alone, the compelling eco-adventure reaches its gripping conclusion.

About the Author
TimothA(c)e de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright. Toby Alone, highly acclaimed in France, is the first of a two-part series and has won numerous awards. Sarah Ardizzone (nee Adams) is an award-winning translator as well as a journalist and is the director of literary events for International PEN.

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).