Illustrated by Mike Deas.
September 24, 2019
“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
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 thinks his fate is sealed — until fortune appears in the least likely 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 his mysterious past?
"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 tale packed to the briny brim with salty humour, delightfully loathsome characters and a warm-hearted hero."
—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 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