Chad Lucas


Chad Lucas has been in love with words since he attempted his first novel on a typewriter in the sixth grade. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, communications advisor, freelance writer, part-time journalism instructor, and parenting columnist.

His work has appeared in publications including Halifax Magazine, Black to Business, Sport Quarterly and The Chronicle Herald, where he wrote a biweekly column, “Life With Kids,” from 2011-2016. He’s a previous Silver Award winner at the Atlantic Journalism Awards, and his short fiction has appeared in EVENT and The Dalhousie Review.

A proud descendant of the historic African Nova Scotian community of Lucasville, Chad lives with his family in Nova Scotia. His debut middle grade novel, Thanks a Lot, Universe (Amulet Books/Abrams Kids) is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and earned praise as “heartwarming and bold” in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and “funny and deeply empathetic” in a starred review from School Library Journal. His second middle grade novel, Let The Monster Out, releases in May 2022.



THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE – Amulet Books/Abrams Kids (ages 10-14; release date May 11, 2021)

LET THE MONSTER OUT – Amulet Books/Abrams Kids (ages 10-14; release date May 17, 2022)

Short Fiction:

“The Seventh” – EVENT Magazine (30:1)

“Gingerbread Ninja” – The Dalhousie Review (88:2)



“Life With Kids” – Chronicle Herald column (2011-2016)

Published in The Chronicle Herald, Halifax Magazine, Sport Quarterly, Black to Business

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