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Toby Alone

By Timothée de Fombelle
Illustrated by Francois Place

An awards-laden adventure of heroism, friendship and survival – with a powerful ecological message – set in a captivating miniature world.

Toby Lolness is just one and a half millimetres tall, and he’s the most wanted person in his world, the Great Oak Tree. When Toby’s father makes a ground-breaking discovery, tapping into the very heart of the Tree’s energy, he also realizes that exploiting it could permanently damage their world. Refusing to reveal the secret of his invention to an enraged community, the family is exiled. But one man is determined to get hold of the forbidden knowledge ... and his plan is to destroy the Tree. Now Toby's parents have been imprisoned and sentenced to death. Only Toby has managed to escape, but for how long?

  • A gripping fantasy story of a miniature world under threat and a boy hunted by his own people -- "The Borrowers" for the twenty-first century.
  • An eco-friendly message that resources are limited and that small actions can have large consequences.
  • Winner of numerous awards including France s prestigious Prix Sorci res and, in translation, Italy s Premio Andersen prize.

About the author

Timothée de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright. Initially working as a teacher/lecturer, he soon turned to writing and in 2006 produced his first novel, Toby Alone, known in his native France as Tobie Lolness. Highly acclaimed, it has been translated into 22 different languages and has won numerous prizes. Toby’s extraordinary story continues in Toby and the Secrets of the Tree, to be published in 2009.

Awards

2008: The Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation

Aims to encourage the translation of foreign children's books into English. It is a biennial award open to British translators of books for 4-16 year olds, published in the UK by a British publisher. - Winner

ISBN: 9781406307269
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 400pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $19.99
New Zealand RRP: $21.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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