Francois Place is one of France's leading artists and is also a well-praised fiction writer. Some of his best works include Le Derniers Geants ("The Last Giants"), Le Vieux Fou de Dessin ("The Old Man Crazy About Drawing") and L'Atlas des Geographes ("The Atlas of the Geographers of Orbae"). He lives in France.
A gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence. When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his Aunt Mathilde in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. If the paintings of his mother's beloved Cezanne are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys of Aix-en-Provence, daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping in his aunt and uncle's bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. Then the idyll is spoilt when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. Yannick is devastated by what he has done, and resolves to put things right. But in so doing he makes a surprising discovery...
A follow-up to the Award winning Toby Alone, this tells how life in the beautifully imagined world set in the heart of the great oak tree has changed – and for the worse. The power crazed Leo Blue has taken over. Can Toby fight back and put the world to rights again? The small people living in the trees are an engaging and original concept. De Fombelle’s debut Toby Alone won the Marsh Award for Translation.
Winner of the 2009 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. We think this is 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 out now
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