Roland Smith

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Roland Smith
Born (1951-11-30) 30 November 1951 (age 63)
Portland, Oregon
Occupation Author
Education Portland State University
Spouse Marie Smith

Roland Smith (born November 30, 1951) is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.

Early life and education[edit]

Roland Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University and, following a part-time job at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington.[1] After working to save wildlife following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, in 1990, he published his first book, Sea Otter Rescue, a non-fiction account of the process of animal rescue. Smith continued to draw upon his zoo experiences for other non-fiction titles, including Journey of the Red Wolf, which won an Oregon Book Award in 1996.

Publishing career[edit]

In 1997 Smith published his second novel, Thunder Cave. The book continues Smith's theme, as teenage protagonist Jacob Lansa follows his biologist father to Africa where the father is researching elephants. Lansa is also seen in 1999's Jaguar and 2001's The Last Lobo, as well as "Tentacles", the sequel to "Cryptid Hunters" and as well as "Chupacabra" the sequel to Tentacles.


I, Q book series[edit]

Main article: I, Q (book series)
  • I, Q Book One: Independence Hall (2008)
  • I, Q Book Two: The White House (2010)
  • I, Q Book Three: Kitty Hawk (2012)
  • I, Q Book Four: The Alamo with Michael P. Spradlin (2013)
  • I, Q Book Five: The Windy City with Spradlin (2014)
  • I, Q Book Six: Alcatraz with Spradlin (2014)

Marty and Grace series[edit]


Other novels written by Smith include:


Smith's books have won "Book of the Year" awards in Colorado, Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida, as well as in his native state of Oregon.[1][2] Peak won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award (Children's Category).

Personal life[edit]

Smith lives in Tualatin, Oregon with his wife and stepchildren.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Roland Smith". Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Awards and Nominations". Roland Retrieved 2007-10-22. 

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