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 Sir Drake the Brave

A children's  picture book by Author Joy Jordan-Lake and Illustrator Susan Eaddy

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"A gorgeous and imaginative bedtime book about facing your fears and battling bullies with kindness."

Mike Nawrocki, co-creator of Veggie Tales and author of The Dead Sea Squirrels series

 Sir Drake the Brave

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The magical story of how a boy with a disability who is bullied finds the hero within.

As Drake gets ready for bed, his mother entertains his questions about tyrants, pirates, and dragons―which are really questions about the power of bullies. Their conversation reminds us all that “Not even kings are allowed to be mean.” 

Targeted for young children and their caregivers, Sir Drake the Brave is a declaration of ethics, integrity and faith: that kindness and courage ultimately are stronger than any sort of small-minded bullying or hate. Fun and entertaining, the story teaches lessons of accepting others, and welcoming others, including those who are different.


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As a boy with a prosthetic leg gets ready for bed, his mother entertains his questions about tyrants, pirates, and dragons—all of which are questions about the power of bullies. Their conversation reminds us all that “Not even kings are allowed to be mean.”

Behind the Book Video
The multi-part process of creating the art for Sir Drake the Brave
by illustrator Susan Eaddy. 

Book Bonus | Resource Page 


At the end of  SIR DRAKE THE BRAVE, you will find a resource page to help you with your children's bedtime fears and anxieties.  The resource page is provided by Julia Jordan-Lake, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), who specializes in child and adolescent mental health. Joy, the author, is thrilled and grateful to her daughter, Julia, for her collaboration. 

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About the Author 

Joy Jordan-Lake

Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of the picture book A Crazy-Much Love, as well as several nonfiction titles and two bestselling historical novels, Under a  Gilded Moon and A Tangled Mercy. Her first novel, Blue Hole Back Home, won a 2009 Christy Award and was selected as the Common Book at several universities. She and her husband have three young adult children.  She is currently at work on her next novel.

 From the Author

Joy Jordan-Lake

The Inspiration 


The inspiration behind "Sir Drake The Brave" came from my own son Justin and his toddler nighttime fears and as the story evolved, later also from my dear friend Elizabeth's son (adopted from Haiti)  uses a prosthetic leg. 

She commented once that there were so few picture books for kids who are differently-abled and even fewer in which that child is the hero of the story--with the prosthetic just subtly there but not the point of the story.

So, my mind started mulling...

For my son,
Justin Jordan-Lake,
who inspired this story as a little boy
with his own kindness and courage
and for Kenbe Rogers and all those
whose big hearts, hope and strength
make them unstoppable.

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About the Illustrator 

Susan Eaddy 

Susan Eaddy writes picture books and plays with clay in her attic studio. Her clay-illustrated books include Papa Fish’s Lullaby by Patricia Hubbell and My Love for You Is the Sun by Julie Hedlund; her clay artwork appears regularly in Babybug, Ladybug, Click, and Spider magazines. She is the author of Poppy’s Best Paper and Poppy’s Best Babies, both illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet, and Eenie Meenie Halloweenie, illustrated by Lucy Fleming.

 From the Illustrator 

Susan Eaddy 

I begin work every day with clean hands. Within minutes my hands are bright green, or purple, or whatever!


One of the reasons I enjoy clay so much is that I don’t really know how to do it.  Each illustration is a discovery process as I study nature and animals and try to figure out how to bring them to life in clay.

About Susan  

My finished clay critters live in pizza boxes, and I suspect that they play at night while we slumber.

I was an Art Director for fifteen years and won some international 3D illustration awards and a Grammy nomination. But my passion is, and always has been, illustrating and writing for children. 

I am the Regional Advisor for the Midsouth SCBWI, and a member of the SCBWI Bologna Team. I love to travel and have done school visits all over the world including Taiwan, Brazil, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

For more about Susan and her work, CLAY THINGS, visit her website @   

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 A portion of the proceeds from the author and the illustrator will go to help children in need
of prosthetics
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 Sir Drake the Brave

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“Although adoptive families will especially appreciate this book, all families will enjoy the message of how crazy-much parents love their children…”

New York Journal of Books

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Book Details  



Sir Drake The Brave  

By Joy Jordan-Lake

Illustrator: Susan Eaddy 

Morehouse Publishing  

Grade level: Preschool - 2

Formats: Hardcover, e-book,

Pub Date:  09.21.21  | 32 pages   

ISBN-13: 978-1-64065-453-2 (HC)
ISBN-13: 978-1-6405-454-9 (ebook) 



Order Signed/Personalized Joy Jordan-Lake Books

Parnassus Books is pleased to offer autographed and/or personalized books by Nashville author Joy Jordan-Lake!

Please be sure to write SIGNED COPY in the comments section of your order as you check out, or your order may be filled with an unsigned book.

If you would like Joy to personalize your book, please include how you would like her to do so in the comments section as well, otherwise, we will not know to ask Joy to personalize your book and will fill your order with a signed copy. There is no extra cost for signed or personalized books!

SIR DRAKE THE BRAVE Hardcover $18.95  Order Below.  

First Edition Signed Copies 

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Signed Bookplates 


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