Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods

A rollicking, rowdy hoot of a book with humor akin to Roald Dahl at his most satirically anti-establishment, and humorous, evocative language that echoes Goldman’s The Princess Bride.
— Lois Rubin Gross, Children's Literature

What a mess. Wherever they go, the pirates chew up the forest with that giant woodship. All they care about is junk and they'll crush anything that gets in the way. I was just as blind to it as you until one day I tripped over a clue. What else was there to do? I became a pirate hunter. Then they disappeared. Then I met the weirdest girl in the world. Turns out she was their scout. Then together we stole their ship. By the time you get to the end you see it’s really just the beginning.

The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods is beautifully illustrated by Governor General award-winning Halifax native Sydney Smith, published by Nimbus, and stocked by retailers such as Chapters.ca and Amazon.ca in Canada and Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble in the USA. To order from your favourite independent bookstore, ask them to contact Nimbus in Canada and Orca Books in the USA. Halifax's beloved Woozles, Canada's oldest independent children's bookstore, ships internationally.

"The Dread Crew is a tale of imagination and friendship. This is a spirited tale, gorgeously rendered. A debut work from a confident writer I feel sure will delight us again in the future." —January Magazine

"The Dread Crew is the exciting debut of an extremely gifted, original writer. Sparkling wordplay, drop-dread humour, kooky, unforgettable characters in a world so richly imagined, readers will want more, more, more." —Author Sheree Fitch

"Inglis's spirited prose is a treat to read. Her descriptions of the pirates' repulsive appearance and foul habits elicit the perfect blend of disgust and glee." —CM Magazine

"There is a message to this book, but its imaginative scope, slapstick humour and joyful noise runs counter to  didacticism. The illustrations by Sydney Smith are playful and otherworldly, the perfect match for Inglis' romping, refreshing words." —Sue Fisher, Curator, Eileen Wallace Children's Literature Collection

This is a world filled with secret documents, maps, and mysterious totems. Kids love stories about any creatures more poorly behaved than themselves, and the pirates of the backwoods will not disappoint even the most unruly jackanape under your roof.
— James Griffioen

In a 2009 interview at Canadian Bookshelf, Kate talks to Julie Wilson about the process of writing The Dread Crew, how the setting of Nova Scotia informs the book, and the best gnome non-fiction. Another interview at The Daily Grommet got into the process of writing the first book.