Toby and the Secrets of the Tree (Hardcover)

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

Candlewick Press (MA), 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

Timothee de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright. His first novel, "Toby Alone, " has been translated in twenty-two languages and has won numerous prizes.

Francois Place has illustrated many books and is also a renowned author in his native France.

Sarah Ardizzone won the Marsh Award for Children s Literature in Translation for "Toby Alone." She lives in London."