From the first sentence of this book you will be enthralled. Toby is a small boy, just one and a half millimetres tall. Toby lives in a tree and was once a loved member of a tight-knit community living on a branch together. When the book opens Toby is running for his life, chased by people who have turned against him and his family. Toby's father, an inventor, has created a machine which could profit many on the tree, but at great cost to the environment. He refuses to divulge the secrets of his machine, but his family are paying the price.
This quirky novel is just what an adventure should be, full of mystery, suspense and just the right amount of fantasy. There is an ecological message which pervades the book, but it is not over-done, and is perfectly integrated into the story. The author has created a marvelous world in miniature which will delight readers aged 9 and up.
This book presents 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 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?
About the Author
Timothee de Fombelle is a French playwright and in 2006 produced his first novel, "Toby Alone". Highly acclaimed, it has been translated into 22 different languages and won numerous prizes.
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: August 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.376