Her daddy went away to fight for our country. And he came home changed.

“Is Your Dad a Pirate?” will challenge your perspective and deepen your commitment to love.


What’s a young family to do when a parent is injured? How might they respond to curiosity?

In this tender account based on her childhood experiences, author Tara McClary Reeves shares how her family adapted to changes once her father was back from war. With warmth and humor, this book encourages children and spouses facing similar trials to cherish the gift of family. To hold on to faith. And to choose to be loving heroes on the home front.

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Author  Tara McClary Reeves

Tara McClary Reeves is the author of four other books, including the award-winning children’s book, The Knight and the Firefly, and family devotional Point Me to Jesus. Tara lives in Williamsburg, VA with her loving husband, Lee, where she teaches a weekly Bible study for women and is the doting mother to teenage twins, Caroline and Daniel, and toddler Harrison.


Heroes  Deanna and Lt. Clebe McClary

Clebe McClary married Deanna Fowler on March 26, 1967 and they began their life together at Marine Corps' base housing in Quantico, VA. While on his nineteenth recon mission March 3, 1968 deep inside hostile territory, Lieutenant McClary and his unit engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Suffering devastating injuries, which included the loss of his left arm and left eye, Clebe continued to rally his men. As a result of his bravery under fire and the concern he demonstrated for his men, Clebe was presented the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor by the President of the United States. Clebe spent two years in and out of military hospitals, undergoing over 40 major surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy. His devoted wife, Deanna, never left his side.


Illustrator  Daniel Fernández

Daniel Fernández is originally from Santiago, Chile. The winner of several awards for creativity and design in classical and digital art technique, Daniel has worked for numerous advertising agencies, design studios and publishing companies as a creative director, art director and illustrator. He has published more than fifty titles in Germany, Denmark, USA, Italy, Korea, and Chile.






TV Appearances

Radio Appearances

Mom Talk Radio  
KSIV | "Encounter" - Marty Guise
WTBN | Bill Bunkley
WTLN | Pat Williams
WHCB | Dianne Barker
WGTS | Claude Jennings
WMPC | Greg Bullen
KJAK | Carol Guzman
KGNW | Michelle Mendoza
Night Line | Dove Broadcasting
Ken and Deb in the Morning | Moody Radio

Note From the Author


What’s a wife to do when tragedy or disappointment threaten to steal her dreams? When the fairy tale plans she wove for her marriage begin to fray? Today's American families rarely share the spiritual grounding, stability, and camaraderie known to previous generations. When trouble comes, when what is expected to be a lifetime romance fails to blossom into a happily ever after, mothers and daddies walk away. And both their children—and the once happy couple—spend the rest of their days trying to build new lives, all the while working to forget what once was.  

In my work as a children’s book author, home Bible study leader, and community volunteer, I have often encountered families teetering on the edge of despair. Maybe a child, like my own son, Daniel, is diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps a mother, like my own precious daddy, is critically injured. It could be that a dad loses his job and can’t seem to find another or spends so much time on the road that he is seldom home. Maybe depression threatens to tear a husband and wife apart. In every case, I long to tell those who struggle, “Hang on to hope!” 

In spite of what the statistics might tell us, marriages can survive traumas and stresses like these. In fact, unimaginable joy just might be around the very bend that now seems so foreboding. 

I say this because I am a product of a difficult season giving birth to blessings. I am living testimony of what happens when a wife and husband choose to relinquish despair to pursue hope. I am the daughter of a couple who beat the odds, sticking together though their dreams were dashed. My mother and daddy, decorated veteran and faithful bride who started their journey in the Viet Nam War era, live as loving proof that God still works miracles and still deeply cares about our families. 

Even when life bruises or shatters our dreams, you and I always have hope. Because we have a Heavenly Father who specializes in bringing beauty out of the ashes. 



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