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Sir Drake The Brave

Author: Joy Jordan-Lake

Illustrator: Susan Eaddy

ISBN: 978-1-64065-453-2

Publisher: Morehouse Publishings

Publication Date: 09.21.21

Format: Hardcover, e-book

My Rating: 5 Stars



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.

View the Video Link below for the Behind the Scenes

process of the illustrations:

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.


"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

Inspiration Behind the Book

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...

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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.

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


We are a Non-Profit organization that helps provide free running prosthetics for amputees.

Health insurance companies have declared running prosthetics as “not medically necessary” and do not cover their cost. Our organization helps amputees keep an active lifestyle by providing this vital equipment free of charge.

Our goal is to provide a running prosthesis to one athlete in all 50 states. We currently have athletes in 31 states who serve as ambassadors to other amputees. Please view our map and if you, or someone you know, is an active amputee and lives in a state in need of an ABR ambassador please contact us for more information or complete our grant application. Read More

Helping kids get the prostheses they

need to lead healthy and active lives.​

The Jordan Thomas Foundation doesn't just give hope that there's life after limb loss. Our very existence proves that there is.​

The Jordan Thomas Foundation returns children and adolescents to a life without physical limitation by providing quality prostheses until adulthood, serving as a caring resource for the child and family living with limb differences and tirelessly advocating for insurance fairness. Read More

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, BlueHole 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.

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.







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