Daniel Ruefman's debut middle grade novel, The Warden of Wickwood, has been officially signed by Black Rose Writing and is scheduled for release in July 2023.
This fantasy novel employs contemporary magic akin to Jacqueline West's Books of Elsewhere, alongside a pantheon of characters loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
For her entire life, eleven-year-old Breeze Chadwick's family has endured an existence of economic insecurity, but everything changes when her father inherits the estate of his estranged uncle. Breeze and her brother, Bryce (13), are forced to spend their summer fixing up the house and develop the land with their father, when strange things start happening. When she discovers Puck, an impish girl who uses powers of illusion to protect the forest, Breeze discovers the secrets of the woods. Soon she has to make a choice--does she help Puck to save a forest that could determine the fate of humanity, or does she help her father to realize his dreams of financial security for their family?
With strong environmental themes, this book seeks to empower children to become stewards of the natural world. To facilitate that goal, Ruefman has pledged to donate 10% of his net royalties from this book to the Arbor Day Foundation, to support global reforestation efforts.