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Timothee de Fombelle


Timothee de Fombelle

Timothée de Fombelle is a French author and playwright. He has recently been recognized for two dilogies: Toby Lolness and Vango. His plays, which include Le Phare, Je danse toujours, and Rose Cats, have been translated into many languages.

Timothée de Fombelle was born in 1973 in Paris, but his architect father often took him to Africa. Each summer, the family vacationed in the countryside in western France, where he and his siblings played in the woods, performed plays for their parents, and read the books in the library. At the age of seventeen, he founded the theater group La Troupe des Bords de Scene for which he wrote and staged.

At first he was a literature teacher. After teaching in Paris and Vietnam, he became a playwright. He builds his own sets.
He made his debut as a playwright with Le Phare, which he wrote in 1990 with actor Clément Sibony. Many of his plays, such as Je danse toujours, center on loss and fragility, but he sometimes writes comedies, such as Rose Cats. Je danse toujours was read at the opening of the Festival d'Avignon.
In 2006, he made his debut as an author with TOBY ALONE, a young adult novel published by Gallimard Jeunesse. The novel met with great success and has been translated into 29 languages. It has received 20 awards, including the English Marsh Award, the Italian Andersen Award, and most French awards for children's literature. The movie rights were bought by Amber Entertainment (UK, United States). Toby Alone and its sequel TOBY AND THE SECRETS OF THE TREE tell the story of a boy a millimeter and a half tall who lives in an oak tree and must save it from destruction. "To me, the trees are green planets and like these trees, my planet earth is also endangered," said de Fombelle.
In March 2010, Gallimard Jeunesse published the first volume of a new dilogy, Vango. It takes place across Europe in the 1930s. The two books are called BETWEEN SKY AND EARTH and A PRINCE WITHOUT KINGDOM.

Timothee de Fombelle

Books by Timothee de Fombelle

by Timothee de Fombelle - Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon translate the original French into a work both luminous and layered, enabling Timothée de Fombelle’s modern fairy tale to thrum with magic. Brimming with romance and history, mystery and adventure, this ode to the power of memory, storytelling and love will ensnare any reader’s imagination and every reader’s heart.

by Timothee de Fombelle - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Fleeing dark forces and unfounded accusations across Europe in the years between World Wars, a young man named Vango has been in danger for as long as he can remember. Narrow escapes, near misses and a dash of romantic intrigue will rivet adventurous teens to their seats as Vango continues to unravel the mysteries of his past. In the shadow of a rapidly changing world, can Vango find those who have hunted him for so long and uncover his true identity?

by Timothee de Fombelle - Mystery

In a world between wars, a young man on the cusp of taking priestly vows is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing the accusations of police who blame him for a murder, as well as more sinister forces with darker intentions, Vango attempts to trace the secrets of his shrouded past and prove his innocence before all is lost. As he crisscrosses the continent via train, boat, and even the Graf Zeppelin airship, his adventures take him from Parisian rooftops to Mediterranean islands to Scottish forests. A mysterious, unforgettable, and romantic protagonist, Vango tells a thrilling story sure to captivate lovers of daring escapades and subversive heroes.