Sterling and Nugget the Dragon

THE BOOK: Sterling and Nugget the Dragon.

PUBLISHED ON: December 6, 2022.

THE AUTHOR: Judd B. Shaw

THE PUBLISHER: Morgan James Kids.

SUMMARY: As the first story in Judd B. Shaw’s Sterling the Knight series of medieval adventures, Sterling and Nugget the Dragon teaches how kindness is mightier than the sword.In a land far away, many fear a dragon named Nugget—including Sterling, a brave young boy, who dreams of becoming a knight. Sterling sets out to slay the dragon, until his quest presents him with a choice: fight or help. In choosing kindness and compassion, Sterling becomes a true knight.Sterling and Nugget the Dragon fosters growth in a child’s social and emotional development. Sterling’s story will encourage the knight in shining armor within any child!

THE BACK STORY: One day, I was with my son, who was 9 at the time, and he was frustrated with his older sister. She was a pre-teen entering a new stage in her life. I explained to my son about not being judgmental and stepping into her shoes for a moment, so that he could better understand what she might be going through.

Empathy can be a difficult concept to understand at that age. But I also was keenly aware of how important empathy would be in their support of each other. I believe if they could be compassionate towards each other, they will more likely stay emotionally healthy as individuals.

In this first book, Sterling & Nugget The Dragon, we learn how empathy is mightier than the sword. The main character, Sterling, a brave young boy, has dreamed of becoming a knight. Sterling sets out to slay the dragon that was feared by all. On this adventure, Sterling is faced with a choice: fight or help. In choosing to deal with the dragon named Nugget with kindness and compassion, Sterling becomes the knight he always wanted to be.

WHY THIS TITLE?:Sterling is the name of our company mascot (a knight), who is the adult version of Sterling the boy, which is how his name was derived. Since the series is Sterling The Knight, each book will bear his name and the theme or secondary character—in this case, Nugget the Dragon. The next book planned is Sterling, A Knight In Shining Armor.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? My hope is that Sterling will bring out the knight in shining armor in children, through promoting tolerance, acceptance, and the importance of empathy.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Judd B. Shaw likes to bring out his inner knight in shining armor. He does that through his work as a New Jersey attorney representing injury victims, as a parent, and by creative writing. Judd shares his passion for helping others with his imaginary character, Sterling the Knight.

SAMPLE/EXCERPT: Look Inside available on Amazon:



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PRICE: $18.95 HC | $9.95 PB.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:  Learn more about Judd B. Shaw by visiting his website and the Sterling the Knight series at You can connect with Judd on Facebook (@JuddShawInjuryLaw), Instagram (@sterling_the_knight), Twitter (@JuddShawIL), and LinkedIn.

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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