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Children's Fiction Pirates

Scallywag on the Salish Sea

by (author) Sara Cassidy

illustrated by Mike Deas

Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Aug 2019
Pirates, Humorous Stories, Alternative Family
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 1 to 3


A nameless boy finds treasure, courage, and clues to his past in this hilarious high-seas adventure.

The Greasy Lobster, a pirate ship run by the notorious Captain Gallows, is no place for a kid. But when a young orphan arrives on board, the boy has no choice but to take the captain’s orders and get to work gutting fish in the galley. Without family, freedom, or even a name to call his own, the boy’s fate appears to be sealed, until fortune arrives in the least likely (and most disgusting) of places. Can he really turn his luck around in this ship full of thieving pirates, and does one of those pirates hold the key to this mysterious past?

About the authors

Les livres de Sara Cassidy ont &eacutet&eacute finalistes pour de nombreux prix : le Chocolate Lily Award pour Black Gold et Blackberry Juice ; le Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award pour A Boy Named Queen ; le Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize pour Skylark ainsi que le Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature. Deux de ses titres, A Boy Named Queen et Double Play, ont &eacutet&eacute s&eacutelectionn&eacutes par la Junior Library Guild. Sara Cassidy a publi&eacute de nombreux recueils de po&eacutesie, œuvres de fiction et ouvrages documentaires pour adultes. Elle vit &agrave Victoria en Colombie-Britannique.

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Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

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Editorial Reviews

“A gem from out of the deep, this book is required reading for anyone in danger of being gambled away to pirates. Funny and tender and keen as a cutlass.”

John Gould, author of Kilter: 55 Fictions

“A pirate ship is no place for a young orphan boy, unless your boss gambles you away. With his heart set on finding out who he is and where he comes from, Kitch shows the reader how words and wit are mightier than pirates who sail the Salish Sea. This humorous story is packed with puns, pirate action, a supportive seagull, and some treasure, and is a fun tale to read aloud.”

Sarah Harrison, Middle Childhood & Tween Literacy Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library

“From the sweet weevils and chewy maggots to the clever gulls and intrigue, this page-turning tale has just the right blend of curdled humour and swashbuckling mystery.”

Aidan Cassie, author of Sterling, Best Dog Ever

“Young pirate fans will relish every vivid and revolting detail as they root for the hero of this hilarious romp. The concise language is as keen as a scallywag’s cutlass, and the words are perfectly matched by the comical illustrations.”

Kit Pearson, author of Be My Love

“A rollicking, high-seas adventure full of humour and heart! With a hero who’s easy to root for going up against a fearsome—and charmingly illustrated—crew of pirates, you’ll be turning pages quicker than you can say ‘scallywag.’”

Gareth Wronski, author of Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy

“A fun, absurd, and satisfying story. Kids will laugh out loud at the goofy humour and will enjoy getting to know this resourceful young hero and motley crew of tough-but-sweet pirates.”

Robin Stevenson, author of Kid Activists and Ghost’s Journey

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