William Sells is a former newspaper journalist turned freelance marketing writer, and associate producer for Maryland Public Television. A published poet, songwriter, and short-story writer, he lives with his wife Yovi and their three daughters amidst the sprawling green parklands of Columbia, Maryland between Washington DC and Baltimore.
Michael S. Bracco is a graphic novel author and illustrator of The Creators, the award-winning Novo series, and Adam Wreck and the Kalosian Space Pirates. Along with his comic work, Michael owns and operates “Spaghetti Kiss”, a craft company that features his original science fiction and fantasy illustrations. In addition to being a member of “Super Art Fight,” a performance art group, Michael teaches art to middle school students. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Shawna, their daughter, Amelia, and their cats, Mexico and Stranger.
“Here we go again, with, ‘The trees are disappearing, the trees are disappearing!’ Come on, Leaf, no one else believes this fairytale except you and your hero father. Look around us. We don’t see anything but trees.”
Everyone believes that Leaf and his visionary father have lost their minds when they say that people are cutting down the trees—the primordial, sturdy trees that have sheltered their colony throughout the ages and stood strong against all enemies. Even Leaf ’s principal has tried to get him to doubt his father, who has sailed far beyond their tree home and seen the devastation in the mysterious Lands Unknown.
But the humans aren’t the leaf colony’s only concern, they quickly realize. When their ancient enemies, the ants, attack their tree home with three massive armies (complete with wolf-spiders, leaf-cutting caterpillars, and hornets as air support), the leaf colony must decide who they should believe, who they should follow, and whether they should stay and defend their families, community, and ancient homeland.
“It’s a dangerous world out there, young Eric’s son,” he’s told, but twelve-year-old Leaf and his friends Garland, Twig, and Nut, along with Leaf ’s nemesis, Shady and his cohorts Rake and Stump, must work together and use their wits, their swords, and their bows and arrows to help their colony make the right decisions and battle the ants.
Leaf has always dreamed of having an adventure like this, but it is one with unknown dangers and unlikely friends around every bloom in a branch, every bend in a brook, and every twig boat in the bay. As his mother and father, friends, and entire colony get caught up in fighting the ants, will they make the right decision—or will the ants, and humans, take away everything they have always counted on?
Join Leaf and his friends as they experience the adventure of a lifetime, discover the true meaning of family, friendship, and community, and help nurture their forest realm in this exciting adventure by author William Sells.