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Toby Alone Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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"The book, `Toby Alone' by Timothée De Fombelle is an adventurous, if unsettling, book for tweens.
"Toby is only one millimeter tall at 13 and, lives in a big oak tree with his parents. Already, he has a so-called life of crime, due to his father. You see, Toby's father is a famous scientist. Everyone admires him. That is, until he finds a secret he is not willing to part with, because it will kill the very tree they live in, even though it would help people work less. That's all.Read more ›
Toby and his parents, the brilliant scientist Sim and the lovely Maya, were exiled to the lower branches of the great oak Tree years ago after Sim discovered an amazing fact about the home of their great civilization --- it's alive! With his family looking on, Sim demonstrates to the grand council how the Tree's sap works and how harming it will kill their only home. This alarming news is not met with open arms by one particular member of the council, Joe Mitch, who is making a gold mine with his deep digging operation at the center of the tree and who hopes to harvest the sap for his own benefit. When Sim refuses to share the secret of the power of the sap, Mitch leads the effort to banish Sim, Maya and Toby from the summit of the Tree.
At first Toby is apprehensive about the lower branches. His family is starting from scratch, it is close to the grasslands and the mysterious (if not dangerous) grass people, and Toby is without a friend his own age. Slowly but surely, Toby begins to adapt to his surroundings. He has an uncanny sense of direction among the rugged wilderness and has befriended the beautiful Elisha Lee, a girl his own age with whom he spends much of his time. Over the years Toby grows up healthy and happy, even if he is short.Read more ›
Alone indeed. One and a half millimeters tall and on the run, Toby Lolness cannot trust a soul. The reasons for this manhunt are not immediately clear, but are slowly revealed through flashback. Toby's parents have been imprisoned due to his father's refusal to divulge the secret for turning tree sap into fuel. Behind it all is Joe Mitch, a vile opportunist who has parlayed his success running a tree-destroying development company into political power. After Toby eludes his pursuers and finds safe haven with Elisha Lee in the Low Branches, the pair set out to rescue his parents. Things don't go as planned, however, and Toby finds himself defeated, living among strangers, and trying to forget his past. But a visit from an unexpected guest changes everything, renewing Toby's mission to save his mother and father, and setting the stage for part two.
Did I mention the flashbacks? Be prepared for a multitude.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In a few words: a story enchases two years of an incredible life scrutiny a young teen of a mystic dwarf origin experiences in the environment of public hostility towards his... Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
THis book was recommended to me by a librarian for my 8 year old son. It is full of horrible, cruel, disgusting acts of cruelty perpetrated on a variety of characters, including a... Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Big momma VV
This book is very good. The story is about Toby, who is on the run from pursuers that want to have a magic box. The people in the story are only a few millimeters tall. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010
I haven't read this book to my daughter yet, but it looks great! The product arrived immediately and in great condition.Published on October 4, 2010 by Kimberly L. Anderson
Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but I definitely recommended this book to everyone I know - young and old. The world Fombelle invents is marvelous, intriguing, and complete. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by Syawla
Toby Alone is set in and around an enormous oak tree inhabited by a community of tiny and technologically unsophisticated people. Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by Molly Grue
I bought this book a few weeks ago for my son's birthday and although he hasn't finished it he loves it. It seems to be quick moving and catches the reader's interest early on. Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Kathy in Colorado