Shades of a Warrior

“Amazing.” – Tammy, B., Librarian.

“Terrific! Ready for submission!” – Lenny G., Founder and Owner of independent NYC bookstore.

“You are the funniest writer I know.” – Amy R., Writer.

“My kids loved it. I cried at the end.” – Erica B., Ojibwe Elder and Environmentalist


In the dark forests of northern Minnesota, somebody is breaking into homes, and some thing is devouring farm animals. When a person gets killed, 13-year-old BJ Maki’s dad, the local Conservation Officer, is tasked with capturing or killing it. If he doesn’t, his job is toast. While accompanying his dad to an investigation site, a bullet passes through the truck window, and BJ realizes how dangerous the situation is.

When BJ crawls out of a hidden cave, a primitive Ojibwe village sits where his home used to be. Guided by an ancient Trickster, BJ is tasked with finding a mysterious warrior who will return though the cave and help protect the community of Big Marsh, Minnesota. But the warrior is elusive and time appears to be running out for BJ, his little sister, Charley, and their parents.

With the help of an aged Mexican mafioso, a hipster FBI agent, a mythical lumberjack, a singing walleye, and an Ojibwe Trickster, BJ will learn that the path is as important as the destination, that there are many ways to help one’s community, and that there are many Shades of a Warrior.

Summer 2017 update on Shades of a Warrior:

During my query and rejection slog this spring, I received some helpful criticism and advice. I am taking them to heart and doing a re-write/revision of the manuscript, placing it more solidly into the Middle Grade age range. I am pleased with the changes and think the book will be much stronger in the end. I will be re-submitting soon to those kind and helpful agents. If you are interested in seeing the story, please contact me here or through Twitter. My handle is @debaajimod. For any future readers, interested in this series, please enter your email below to be notified of the progress and release date of Shades of a Warrior. (Your contact information is not shared and you will receive no spam or any other notifications).

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