Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the center of the Tree, moss and lichen have invaded the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, is holding Toby's beloved Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, and inflicting a life of poverty and fear on the Tree People. But after several years among the Grass People, Toby has returned to fight back. And this time he's not alone: a resistance is forming. In the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning Toby Alone, the compelling eco-adventure reaches its gripping conclusion.
<p>Timothee de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright. Initially working as a teacher/lecturer, he soon turned to writing and in 2006 produced his first novel, Toby Alone, known in his native France as Tobie Lolness. Highly acclaimed, it has been translated into 22 different languages and has won numerous prizes. Toby's extraordinary story continues in Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. 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.</p>