Synopses & Reviews
"The impressive debut novel from French playwright de Fombelle deftly weaves mature political commentary, broad humor and some subtle satire into a thoroughly enjoyable adventure. The people of the Tree are two millimeters tall or less, but their society mimics ours. Industrialists keep digging holes, politicians play dirty games and scientists conduct research to discover the nature of the world in which they live. Toby Lolness, the son of a renowned scientist, is forced to become a fugitive when his father's discoveries reveal the dangers presented by the continued development of the Tree. Toby's story is revealed in flashbacks as he runs from the cronies of Joe Mitch, a builder who has rapidly become a political powerhouse. Mitch's machinations have turned the Tree into a totalitarian society in which reading and writing are banned, and only Toby remains free to try to rescue his parents and bring down Mitch and his crew. It's hard not to see some of the book's antecedents the Borrowers, the Littles, etc. but de Fombelle has built a unique world with a fully developed social and political structure. Ages 9 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Translated into 22 languages, this imaginative debut is a gripping and witty eco-adventure set on a Lilliputian world where a tree is under threat and a boy hunted by his own people must protect his father's secrets. Illustrations.
About the Author
Timothée de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright. Toby Alone, highly acclaimed in France, is the first of a two-part series and has won numerous awards.
François Place has illustrated many books and is also a renowned author in his own right. With Toby Alone, he has once again allowed his art true expression.