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The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The pirates of the Dread Crew, ruthless junk hunters, are on the rampage through the Maritime woods. On their trail is a boy pirate tracker Eric Stewart, who gathers evidence of their hooliganism until one day their path of destruction completely disappears. Little does Eric know that the rumbling, stinking pirates are much, much closer than he thinks. This paperback editi ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Nimbus Publishing (CN) (first published October 30th 2009)
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Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because the dread crew [a group of land pirates]learn that to get things you want you don't have to steal them you can just be nice and make friends
sarah gilbert
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that sang and snorted, lilted and tripped, spun in a circle with joy and a great slosh of sluggy mud. It was just such a book. Unexpected, inventive and full of delicious words.

'The Dread Crew' is the tale of a boy, a pirate tracker, and the crew of junk-hunting pirates who hurtle through the Nova Scotia backwoods in an enormous wooden pirate ship, the barrow. Kate Inglis is a marvelous writer; she paints the landscape of her beloved homeland with fearsome talent; she crafts sent
Jennifer Wardrip
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In the Maritime Woods, there is a band of pirates called the Dread Crew. They are ruthless junk hunters.

When they go to raid Joe, the neighborhood junk collector/tinker, the pirates meet their match. Awed by the man's massive horde of junk and niceties, the pirates recruit Joe to their team. Hoping to have some adventures and get the pirates to turn over a new leaf, Joe joins the band.

Hot on their trail, however, is a young pirate hunter who is intent on fi
Jess Van Dyne-Evans
Open this book, and be dropped into a world of adventurers and junk-purveyers, of the sweet high stink of old gumboots and slug-trail wine.

Kate Inglis has created a yarn to stand the tests of time and many readings - clever enough to snare youngsters but enthrall adults, and leave them thinking during that next walk in the woods

"Was that....a pirate?"
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I can't say it better than Jim said it here, but I will say that Kate Inglis is a ridiculously talented prose writer, and I love that she doesn't shy from bringing such intricate language to a book for children. Underneath the delicious prose and the completely disgusting portrayal of the roughest band of pirates you'll ever know, the two messages at the core of The Dread Crew are two of my favorites in life:

1. You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
2. It's the chaos, the unexpecte
Geoff Wills
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a magical story and Inglis has created a world of genuine wonder. I was enthralled with the fanciful and often hilarious characters, the romance of the location, and the originality of the adventure itself. Inglis writes in a timeless style that harkens back to a hard-to-pin-down bygone era, but is at the same time completely new and fresh feeling. The effect is pure wonder: I was often left smiling and I imagined reading this story on a hot, hazy August day beneath a shady tree. Or a ha ...more
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. As a first novel, there are a few spots that could be smoothed out, and a few necessary commas are missing. But the greatness of this book can be summed up from a paragraph from page 41: "Jo told the captain the secret of his life, the thing that every single one of his adventures had taught him: that being nice is always more profitable than being nasty. That helping other people, and working hard, and having clever ideas and a cheerful disposition make people like having you ar ...more
Kerri Anne
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Someone else mentioned in their review (Sara Gilbert, I think?) that The Dread Crew is "full of delicious words."

I think that's a perfect way to describe this book, and why I enjoyed it as much as I did. Kate just has such a captivating style and voice.

Her writing (and this book) is also full of delicious sounds and scents and scenes I could see unfolding brilliantly in front of me.

I also think the hardcover illustrated edition is definitely worth the additional cost. The illustrations are wo
A wonderful, slime-encrusted romp. Full of the best kind of magic, the raunchiest kind of fun. Makes me want to pack up and move to Nova Scotia, if only for movie night at the Stewart's. I have respectfully covered my copy in gobs of hummus, marmalade and snail snot. Highly recommended.
Amy Blum
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book and concur with other reviewers that a hundred or so more pages would have been fine with me. I hope this indicates that Kate is working on sequels to give us more of these wonderous characters!
This first book by Kate Inglis is aimed at a younger crowd, but is an absolutely delightful read for all ages. Her novel take on pirates weaves an unconventional story about humanity, aging, exploration, and environmentalism. Fantastic!
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful. A raucous, romping tale for boys and girls, and adults who still remember being a kid.
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
rambunctious, irreverant, silly and fun, with a good story:) In the Prirates Vs Wereducks debate, I admit i fall on the side of wereducks, but it is a close race;P
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immensely entertaining. It's filed under ages 9-12 in our local Chapters but I'm far older than that and had a hard time putting it down.
Emily King
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book you can come back to several times over childhood: first, read it in your best stinky pirate voices to 7-8 year-olds, relishing the literary touches hidden in this adventure yarn. Then, bring it back out for your 11-13 year-old readers, and watch them get absorbed again in the Backwoods. There are also some wonderful messages reinforcing the value of a free and diverse community, where even disreputable pirates love and are loved....a gem.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my boys at bedtime and we LOVED it. Kate has such an imagination. The names of the pirates, the amazing details, everything ... you feel like you can smell the scene. You can feel the air around you. You can hear their voices. It's phenomenal and needs to be on every bookshelf. HIGHLY recommended!
Raya W.R.
Decent book. I got bored around halfway through, but toughed it and finished!
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute magic.
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NOTES FOR THE EVERLOST: A FIELD GUIDE TO GRIEF (Shambhala Books, September 2018) + two middle-grade novels and picture books with Nimbus Publishing. Represented by Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic.


Kate lives along the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was born. In November 2009 her first novel was published — 'The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods', a book January Magazine calls "a spirit