Scallywag on the Salish Sea

Scallywag on the Salish Sea

By (author): Sara Cassidy
Illustrated by: Mike Deas
ISBN 9781772032789
Softcover | Publication Date: August 13, 2019
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 8 in.
80 Pages

About the Book

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 Author(s)

Sara Cassidy is the author of over a dozen books for young readers, including Scallywag on the Salish Sea, The Moon Is a Silver Pond, Helen’s Birds, and A Boy Named Queen. Her books have received numerous accolades and starred reviews, and have been shortlisted for multiple awards such as the Silver Birch Express, the Chocolate Lily, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, and the Diamond Willow Award. For more information, visit

Mike Deas is an illustrator of children’s books and graphic novels, including the Tank and Fizz series (by Liam O’Donnel), Aliens Among Us (by Ian Van Tol), and the Scholastic Canada Biography series (by Elizabeth Macleod). He grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling and fine-tuned his drawing skills and imagination through Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program. For more information, visit or follow him on Twitter @deasillos.


"Sara Cassidy has a whimsical way with words, which makes Scallywag a fun choice for a read-aloud. The punny pirate names, the offbeat banter, the delightfully disgusting chores the boy must undertake, and, of course, the splash of pirate speak throughout the yarn will have young readers cracking up."—Quill & Quire
“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 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
“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
“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 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