Wade White


Wade Albert White is a novelist, a part-time lecturer in ancient history and languages, and a stay-at-home parent. Born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Wade has also lived significant portions of his life in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Toronto, Ontario. He also once spent an hour and a half in Hawaii.

Wade holds a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Toronto. In addition to working as a teaching assistant while finishing his studies, he has lectured for several years at both Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, as well as Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick. He most often teaches Introduction to Classical Hebrew or a related subject. Other jobs have included being the managing director of a children’s summer camp for three years running, working in a university archives, working as a university tutor, and picking apples.

Wade’s first novel, The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, was released on September 13, 2016. It was a BookExpo America (BEA) 2016 Middle Grade Buzz Book, and Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2016 selection, was included in the 2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers as well as the Children’s Book Review Best New Kids Books for Preteens and Tweens (September 2016), and received a starred listing by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in the Spring 2017 “Best Books for Kids & Teens.” Wade will be receiving the Emerging Author Award from the Atlantic Independent Bookseller’s Association on July 9, 2017. His second novel, The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me), will be released on September 5, 2017, and he is currently working on the third installment in the series, The Adventurer’s Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It).

In relationship to his writing career, specifically that of being an author of middle grade fiction, Wade has given presentations and readings and conducted workshops with students in schools and libraries in both the US and Canada. Most of his contact has been with students in Grades 4–6, but on occasion he has presented both to younger and older audiences as well.

When he isn’t writing, presenting, or preparing lecture notes, Wade enjoys studying hand-drawn animation and filmmaking. He currently lives in the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia with his wife and their three sons. Also, he has one real cat and one pretend one, and they get along fabulously.


2017 Emerging Author Award (Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association)

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