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Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

(Tobie Lolness #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,970 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the centre of the Tree, moss and lichen invade the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force. ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Walker (first published 2007)
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Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best book I have ever read, I was genuinely surprised why this did not received higher ratings.
Continue from the cliff hanger at the end of Tobie Alone, Monsieur de Fombelle has outdone himself.
Avoiding spoilers, I'll try to be brief, in Elisha's eyes( the literal translation, I have no idea why the English edition was titled what it is), one can actually see the characters grow, see them become real, no longer some single-layered fictional creation. Seemingly unrelated, various big
Erin Sterling
The sequel and conclusion to Toby Alone, an "eco-adventure" about tiny beings who live in a giant tree that is being destroyed by the dimwitted but powerful Joe Mitch, is an excellent follow-up that wraps up nicely. There are a lot of parts to this book, which make it hard for me to explain the plot, but essentially it's a story of discovery, journey, and adventure, with a subtle environmental theme running throughout. While it's not a page-turner to me, the world that Timothee de Fombelle creat ...more
Muhammad Ozair
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Not much compared to the previous book.I want to say there was too much going but again Toby Alone had so much more going on.Everything was brief but satisfying.In this book it felt like Lila had no part,where in the name of God did Nils spring from,Leo is a maniac and obsessed with his own sister yet forgets her why?Elisha isnt that weak.Plok's speech story feltlike it came outta no where.
BUT there were good things too.
Dexter Lok
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I see now why this book was considered a little bit of a let down compared to its prequel. de Fombelle established such a good plot and explored various difficult-to-swallow themes while establishing that this was a child's book right from the very beginning of Toby's adventure. This made the ending of book 2 feel very much rushed which, tbh, feels understandably so. If de Fombelle had tried to dive into the messy repercussions of an uprising there would not have been anyway to still have kept t ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Toby again, finishing the story that started in the first part..
again this wonderful imaginary world of little things that you might find on any tree around...
adventurous, with lots of hidden messages for our world if you know how to look for them...
good fighting the evil, classic evergreen..
I can imagine how I would love this story if I were a child reading it or even more if it was being read to me...
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I love most in this series are the parallels to our world and it’s problems. Exploitation of nature, dictatorship, racism,.... There‘s so much to learn from these books. Also I love the perspective of the small people that is shown and all the metaphores to our life. And besides of all that I also really enjoyed the storyline and the style of writing.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The story of Tobie Lolness is a pure masterpiece ! So moving, so delicate and yet so meaningful.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
When I looked at the cover of this book, I knew that it was fantasy and adventure. Even though the book continues the prequel, I could easily understand what was going on after the beginning. The beginning though was slightly confusing but after reading a few times, I could continue in a breeze. The story has a slightly confusing build-up and in the middle, throughout the same chapter they change the settings really quickly without any notice. Besides all the negative things about it, I enjoyed ...more
Kluxorious Kluxces
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Toby Alone so naturally I was looking forward to read the sequal especially after the cliffhanger

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree picked up exactly where it left of without bothering to tell you what specifically had happened so it took a while for me to get the plot but once I remembered, things get pretty intense. My advice is, before picking up this book make sure you have read the first book or you'll be lost

The translation feels a little stiff at times but overall it di
Jun 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
This is the second of a pair of books about Toby Lolness, a millimeter and a half tall boy whose whole world is the tree on which he was born. The story follows Toby as the greedy and evil Joe Mitch threatens the tree on which they all live with his damaging environmental practices. Toby's family is also put in jeopardy when Toby's father makes the radical claim that the tree is alive and must be treated with gentle respect and refuses to give up the secrets of his scientific discoveries to furt ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Toby's adventures continue and finish in this 2nd book, focused on romance and not on survival. It's not as good as the first, but it's as polished and pleasant to read.

The writing continued to be beautiful and, with the world building, it's one of my favorite things in the series. The world building was still good, with new details about the tree and the evolution of the society. It was interesting to discover how the things changed (badly) while Toby was away, but most of the story was concent
Romi (likes books)
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wonderful
A very slight disappointment, as sequels go, but truly a wonderful read- it took the story to different levels, and since the first book had been such a joy for me it would have been hard for the sequel to match up, but it did... just in ways I didn't anticipate. A bit more gory, a bit more heart-pounding, thrilling and wild, this was a truly great sequel and end to the story of Toby, who is such a wonderful, unique character. ...more
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first volume last year and it was an equal pleasure to read the next chapter of this epic journey through such a tiny space that is a whole universe.
Love of nature, respect for every living creature, diversity, open mind, strong women characters, power of family bonds, magic of every marvel that the world has to offer to us, are just an excerpt of all the positive ideas shared by the author.
I really can't wait for my son to be old enough to read it.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this serie even more than when I first read it 8 years ago (*sighs* oh, how time flies) and if I could give it 400 stars, I would.
Everybody please do me a favor and READ TOBY ALONE. It's a masterpiece about childhood, love, friendship, hate, ecology, and diversity.
Jim Karagkounis
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a nice finale to the story. Nothing gonna say a lot, because it's a sequel. I went into it with no expectations, so I wasn't disappointed. ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it continues the story where it left last time, and it tells it even better, I was amazed by how well the story has been tailored, the story has a sense of classic in it as the first book, and I can't emphasize on how much I enjoyed it, an absolute all-around book, and the ending is just so delicate and emotional, the joy that I got from the last couple chapters is just mind-blowing. I recommend it to everyone no matter the age. ...more
Franciska Treiliha
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved both books. They made me cry, they made me laugh and even made me mad at some characters. They also gave me a big life lesson that even a tiniest person can make a big difference, a big change, you just need to believe in yourself and also that true friendship ad love is unbreakable and that your family is forever no matter what. Totally a must-read for those who haven't read it yet. ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
It deserves the four star as compared to the rest of the books out there. However if compared with its inordinate book 1 written by the same Timothee dw Fombelle, it deserves none. All the good plot building was destroyed by him. It seemed as if the author was in a rush give the series a happy ending
Appoline Piotrowski
A delight to read. I really love Timothée de Fombelle's writing style. Beautiful, imaginative, and with a sense of melancholy perspering through every sentence. Melancholic, yes, yet it is so beautifully laced with humour, irony and hope that it never feels heavy. I wish more "children's fiction" were written like that. ...more
Huey Nee
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is such a good read. I didn't read the first book so the characters and their past stories were confusing to me, but overall its easy to catch up and the ending was amazing. Too many characters to keep track though. ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
again, like in Toby Alone, Timothee de Fombelle masterfully integrates poignant life themes into the fabric of a fantastic tale.
Hoang Thu
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Happy ending for a great adventure.
Natalie Hennessy
DNFed. I started listening to this straight after I finished Toby Alone and I was so lost and confused.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been almost a decade since I read this book in my childhood, and I still haven't been able to forget it. Truly a masterpiece. ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book will always be one of my favorites
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel made up for what I thought the first book lacked. The narrative is still not what I'd give 5 stars, but the book's concept definitely is. ...more
Ngọc Khanh
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My next all time favourite children book series
From November 2010 SLJ
Gr 5–8—After the cliff-hanger ending of Toby Alone (Candlewick, 2009), the miniature protagonist returns to try to locate his kidnapped parents and prevent the destruction of the Tree that houses settlements of tiny humans. His childhood friend Leo Blue has become a power broker and rules from the Nest on high, while Joe Mitch maintains control of the Low Branches, capturing and enslaving Grass people to dig out the Crater and increase his fortune. Between Leo's blind quest
Melia Young
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-half
Toby has made the journey back to the tree and realizes that things have gone from bad to worse in his absence. He has to find a way to rescue both Elisha and the tree itself.
Again, I loved the book. With his first novel, Toby Alone, Fombelle won my respect. With the sequel, he has cemented himself as one of my favorite authors.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Toby Alone" and its sequel "Toby and the Secrets of the Tree" map out a beautiful and imaginative world. This is probably a "young adult" book, but it is truly ageless. My 50-something friend gave me these books, and my 30-something self was glued to them from page 1.

de Fombelle writes (and is translated) in a way that makes you immediately feel close to the characters. I wanted to embrace one character and punch another. Emotions ran high, indeed. You will cheer for Toby and his family and fr
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