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Timothee De Fombelle - Author

About the Author

Timothée de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright, as well as the author of award-winning fiction. His first series, Toby Alone and Toby Alone and the Secrets of the Tree has been printed in 27 languages and has won numerous awards including France’s prestigious Prix Sorcières and the Marsh Award. Timothée's adventure series, Vango, Book One: Between Sky and Earth and Vango, Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdomreceived huge critical acclaim, and book one was granted an English Pen Award for translation. Timothee also contributed to the acclaimed collection The Great War: an Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War.

Timothée lives in Paris.

Featured books by Timothee De Fombelle

Vango

Vango

13+ readers

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 12-16 years  A gripping mystery-adventure set in the 1930s interwar period about a character desperately searching for his identity.

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Other books by Timothee De Fombelle

Captain Rosalie

Captain Rosalie

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

An evocative, beautifully imagined and incredibly moving wartime story by celebrated author Timothee de Fombelle. In this astonishingly-drawn wartime story, a little girl called Rosalie is a captain on a very secret mission; a mission to learn how to read. Mother reads often to Rosalie, especially when Father sends them letters from the front line describing the forest in the distance, the churned-up soil and the soldiers hiding in holes. But as Rosalie gets further along in her mission and begins to piece together the words in her father's letters, the truth about the consequences of war are finally and irrevocably revealed.

Book of Pearl

Book of Pearl

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2016

An ode to the power of storytelling by one of France's greatest writers for children.A compelling story of a first love that defines a lifetime; perfect for fans of David Levithan, told with the intricate and beautiful writing style of bestselling author Timothee de Fombelle. Joshua Pearl is from a world that our own no longer believes in. He knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place, but he is trapped in our time. As his memories begin to fade, he discovers strange objects, tiny fragments of a story from a long time ago. Can Joshua remember the past and believe in his own story before his love is lost for ever?

The Book of Pearl

The Book of Pearl

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2016

An ode to the power of storytelling by one of France's greatest writers for children. A compelling story of a first love that defines a lifetime; perfect for fans of David Levithan, told with the intricate and beautiful writing style of bestselling author Timothee de Fombelle. Joshua Pearl is from a world that our own no longer believes in. He knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place, but he is trapped in our time. As his memories begin to fade, he discovers strange objects, tiny fragments of a story from a long time ago. Can Joshua remember the past and believe in his own story before his love is lost for ever?

Vango Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdom

Vango Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdom

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

The thrilling conclusion to the critically acclaimed series, by an award-winning author and translator. The thrilling conclusion to the gripping mystery adventure series by highly original and award-winning author, Timothee de Fombelle. Vango has been in danger for as long as he can remember and he has spent his life jumping across rooftops, fleeing to mysterious islands to evade capture. But Vango will not run for much longer. The mystery of his past has started to unravel, and now, in the shadow of a rapidly changing world, Vango will face those who have haunted him for so long and finally find his true identity.

Toby Alone

Toby Alone

Author: Timothee De Fombelle, Francois Place, Sarah Ardizzone Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/11/2014

Vango Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdom

Vango Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdom

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

The thrilling conclusion to the critically acclaimed series, by an award-winning author and translator. Vango has been in danger for as long as he can remember. He has spent his life jumping across rooftops, fleeing to mysterious islands and evading capture. But Vango will not run for much longer. The mystery of his past has started to unravel, and now, in the shadow of a rapidly changing world, Vango will face those who have haunted him for so long and finally find his true identity.

Vango Between Sky and Earth

Vango Between Sky and Earth

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

A gripping mystery-adventure about a desperate search for identity by critically acclaimed author, Timothee de Fombelle. In a world between wars, Vango is on the cusp of taking priestly vows when he is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing from the police who blame him for murder, as well as more sinister forces with darker intentions, Vango attempts to trace the secrets of his shrouded past and prove his innocence before all is lost. This is a breathless and highly cinematic story that follows Vango from Scotland to the Soviet Union and from the rooftops of Paris to Nazi Germany. Centred on a mysterious, unforgettable, and romantic protagonist, Vango tells a thrilling story sure to captivate lovers of daring escapades and subversive literary heroes.

Vango

Vango

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: eBook Release Date: 18/07/2013

A gripping mystery-adventure set in the 1930's interwar period about a character desperately searching for his identity.Raised by a strange nanny in Sicily, Vango grows up with one friend, a priest Zefiro, who lives in a monastery hidden from sight. On reaching adulthood, Vango decides to follow in Zefiro's steps, but at the moment he is taking his holy orders at Notre Dame in Paris, he is falsely accused of a crime and has to go on the run. This is a breathless and highly cinematic story that follows Vango travelling by Zeppelin across Europe from Stromboli to Nazi Germany, from Scotland to the Soviet Union, climbing the rooftops of Paris, crossing the paths of arms traffickers, crooked policemen, Russian spies and even Stalin.

Toby Alone

Toby Alone

Author: Timothee de Fombelle, Walter Kiechel III Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2010

Toby Lolness may be just one and a half millimeters tall, but hes in big trouble.His father, a brilliant scientist, has discovered an alarming truth about the great oak Tree that Tobys people call home: its alive. And if they continue digging deeper into the heart of the Tree, their whole civilization could be at risk. In an attempt to silence Professor Lolness, the builders who control things in the Tree take him and his family captive. But Toby manages to escape, taking with him the secret to the Trees energya secret his pursuers will do anything to get their hands on, even if it means killing an innocent boy.

Toby Alone

Toby Alone

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2010

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?

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2010

The second and final part of the thrilling adventure of heroism and friendship in an unforgettable miniature world.Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the centre of the Tree, moss and lichen invade the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, capturing all who stand in his way, inflicting a life of poverty and fear. But returning after several years among the Grass People, Toby will fight back. And this time he's not alone. A resistance is forming...

Toby Alone

Toby Alone

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2010

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?

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2010

The second and final part of the thrilling adventure of heroism and friendship in an unforgettable miniature world.Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the centre of the Tree, moss and lichen invade the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, capturing all who stand in his way, inflicting a life of poverty and fear. But returning after several years among the Grass People, Toby will fight back. And this time he's not alone. A resistance is forming...

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

The second and final part of the thrilling adventure of heroism and friendship in an unforgettable miniature world. Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the centre of the Tree, moss and lichen invade the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, capturing all who stand in his way, inflicting a life of poverty and fear. But returning after several years among the Grass People, Toby will fight back. And this time he's not alone. A resistance is forming...

Toby & The Secrets Of The Tree

Toby & The Secrets Of The Tree

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2009

The second and final part of the thrilling adventure of heroism and friendship in an unforgettable miniature world.Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the centre of the Tree, moss and lichen invade the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, capturing all who stand in his way, inflicting a life of poverty and fear. But returning after several years among the Grass People, Toby will fight back. And this time he's not alone. A resistance is forming...This eagerly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Toby Alone is a gripping conclusion to a new classic adventure story.

Toby Alone

Toby Alone

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2009

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?

Toby Alone

Toby Alone

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2008

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 could do permanent damage to 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?

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