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By Timothee de Fombelle
This unique story is about a small boy named Toby. By small I mean he is only one and a half millimeters tall, and his whole family, and community lives in a tree. His father who is a brilliant scientist believes that there is more to their world than just the great oak tree.
He is laughed at and shamed by others when he mentions his theories. When he builds an amazing invention that the evil builders want he is sent to live among the lower branches and forbidden to return.
The builders proceed to control the tree people and slowly destroy the tree. Toby is hunted, and his family is eventually taken captive. It is up to him to save them and the tree people.
The story is told back and forth between the present and the past and at times seems a little complicated. If you keep reading you will see how it all comes together.
Just when you think the story has come to an end a new secret is revealed.
Recommended for girls and boys grade 5 and up.
Out in June, Book Two, Toby and the Secrets of the Tree.