Written by Timothee De Fombelle
Lovereading4kids Price £7.99
£9.99 saving £2.00 (20%)
when in stock
As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.Compare book price We'd love you to buy your books from Lovereading - especially if we helped you to choose them! But as our mantra is guidance, and that includes guidance on price, please do use our 'Compare Book Price' service to discover if the best value deal is from Lovereading or another specialist bookstore.
Please login (or signup) to download the extract
You will need to Sign Up or Login before you can download a book extract.
To Sign Up all you need to do is give us your email address and a password and let us know the types of books you like. Thank you.
The Lovereading4Kids comment
Winner of the 2009 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. It is the second time translator Sarah Ardizzone has won the Award: she took it in 2005 for Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac. She received it at the English-Speaking Union from Anthony Horowitz, who had taken no part in the judging but who later confided that Toby Alone was his favourite book on the shortlist.
What the judges said: An inventive adventure in a miniature world. Although just one and a half millimetres tall, Toby is a hero on a giant scale in this eco-story about the need to conserve resources. Toby's fight to save the tree from the predators who want to make use of it is passionate and exciting.
We think it's an exciting, gripping fantasy story of a miniature world under threat and a boy hunted by his own people. In a sentence, The Borrowers for the 21st Century. Be prepared to be transported into this amazing miniature land where dangers lurk around every nook and cranny for a boy who must try to stop the wonton destruction of his world, which in turn is bringing potentially unstoppable climate change. It'a a real page-turner and heart-rending too with some wonderfully detailed line illustrations, which compliment the story so well. Translated from the French by the award-winning Sarah Adrizzone and itself winner of numerous awards including France’s prestigious Prix Sorcieres and, in translation, Italy’s Premio Andersen prize.
The sequel to Toby Alone, Toby Alone 2: Toby and the Secrets of the Tree is now available
Toby Alone by Timothee De Fombelle
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 realises that exploiting it - as some tree dwellers are doing - could do permanent damage to their world. Refusing to reveal the secret of his intention 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?
For more information, visit www.walkerbooks.co.uk
A message from the author:
I've described my novel as an adventure story, a chase, written as an escape from the reality I see from my study. I wanted the world I created to have the same laws as ours, and strangely my characters find themselves facing the same difficulties, problems and worries as we find on our own green - or less and less green - planet. The tree is a living organism, and a growing consciousness takes place little by little. There is a whole geography to the tree, a social order - the Lower Branches, the High Branches, new cities springing up on the outskirts of the traditional villages - and re-reading the book, I come to recognise that it has a serious message for us facing our own world at the start of this millennium.
'Narratives thread like a spider web across time and space, revealing hidden secrets at just the right moment. Sarah Adams's translation manages to retain a French tone in the English to distinctive effect.' The Guardian
'An action packed fantasy that ultimately sounds a serious warning about the threat to the natural world from the human race.' Books Quarterly
'Evocative illustrations ... The ethereal world it creates pulls the reader in and the ecological message is saved from feeling too forced.' The Observer
About the Author
Timothee De Fombelle
More books by Timothee De Fombelle
Author's Facebook Latest
Walker Books Ltd
7th April 2008
You give me age appropriate ideas of books I can read and buy for the children and find out what other children their age think of them too.Katie Lonsdale
It’s so easy to find the right book for your child. Such an easy-to-use, yet in-depth website. 100% reliable.Pippa, Jack, Liam & Matthew Wils
It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.Erica Motoc, age 7
Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy MumLiz Evans
I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!Jessica Cobbin – age 7
LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlifeAmrit Bunet – Teen
I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15
It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.Sam Bateman and family