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Roland Smith (born November 30, 1951) is an American author of young adult fiction and nonfiction books for children. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. Following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, Smith took part in the animal rescue efforts; 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. In 1997, he turned to fiction with the first installment of the Jacob Lansa trilogy. Smith has also co-written several picture books with his wife Marie Smith.


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    Non-fiction by Roland Smith: 

  • Sea Otter Rescue (1990)
  • Primates in the Zoo (1992)
  • Snakes in the Zoo (1992)
  • Inside the Zoo Nursery (1993)
  • Cats in the Zoo (1994)
  • Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Zoo (1994)
  • African Elephants (1995)
  • Journey of the Red Wolf (1996) Note 
  • Vultures (1997)
  • In the Forest with the Elephants (1998)

    Picture books by Roland and Marie Smith: 

  • B is for Beaver (2003)
  • E is for Evergreen (2004)
  • Z is for Zookeeper (2005)
  • N is for our Nation’s Capital (2010)
  • S is for Smithsonian (2010)
  • W is for Waves (2013)
  • T is for Time (2015)

    Fiction series by Roland Smith: 

  • Jacob Lansa trilogy - Thunder Cave (1997), Jaguar (1999), The Last Lobo (2001)
    • After the sudden death of his mother, fourteen-year-old Jacob Lansa journeys to Kenya in order to join his father Robert, and soon finds himself involved in his father's work, both as a scientist and in protecting animals from poachers. Book 3 includes an appearance by Buckley Johnson, first introduced in Sasquatch.

  • Sasquatch (1998)
    • One spring break, young Dylan Hickock gets involved in the adventure of a lifetime when he finds himself involved in his father's mission to protect the Sasquatch (AKA Bigfoot) from a group of scientists with less than ethical intentions.

  • Cryptid Hunters series - Cryptid Hunters (2005), Tentacles (2009), Chupacabra (2013), Mutation (2014)
    • Marty and Grace O'Hara are sent to live with their uncle Travis Wolfe after their parents, renowned nature photographers, disappear in the Amazon jungle. The twins soon discover their uncle's work revolves around searching out unknown animals often believed to be myths, known as cryptids. Along the way, they also learn the secret of Grace's parentage and the evil committed by Wolfe's arch-rival Noah Blackwood, a supposed conservationist. Jacob Lansa and Dylan Hickock also appear in later volumes of the series.

  • Jack Osborne duology - Zach's Lie (2003), Jack's Run (2007)
    • When his family is forced to enter the witness protection program after his father agrees to testify against a crime boss he formerly worked for, Jack Osborne's life will never be the same.

  • Peak Marcello series - Peak (2007); The Edge (2015); Ascent (2018); Descent (forthcoming, 2019)
    • Teenage climbing addict Peak Marcello moves to Thailand to join his estranged father, who has big plans for him: he wants Peak to become the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. In the sequel, on a trip to the Hindu Kush Mountains on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Peak must put his skills to use to rescue his mother after she's kidnapped.

  • I, Q series - Independence Hall (2008), The White House (2010), Kitty Hawk (2012), The Alamo (2013), The Windy City (2014), Alcatraz (2014) Note 
    • "Quest" (or "Q") and his stepsister Angela are traveling the country with their rock star parents, but soon find themselves involved with agents of the U.S. Secret Service and the Israeli Mossad, who are each following them for different reasons, all related to a dangerous spy/terrorist organization.

  • Storm Runners trilogy - Storm Runners (2010), The Surge (2011), Eruption (2012)
    • Chase Masters and his father are "storm runners," racing across the country in pursuit of hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods; when bad weather strikes, they're never far behind. One year after beginning this career, the two arrive in Florida just in time to help the locals survive the oncoming Hurricane Emily.

  • Beneath series - Beneath (2015), Above (2016)
    • Nearly a year after his underground-loving brother Coop mysteriously disappears, Pat O'Toole begins receiving messages from Coop via the mail. When those messages stop, Pat sets out to find him, and soon learns Coop has joined the Community, a self-sufficient group of people living beneath the streets of New York City. Upon arriving at the Community himself, Pat discovers that Coop has gone deeper underground to investigate another secret society... one bent on bringing death and destruction to the surface world.

    Fiction standalones by Roland Smith: 

  • Elephant Run (2007)
    • It's 1941, and young Nick Freestone moves to his father's Teak plantation in Burma to escape the German bombing of London. However, when his father is taken prisoner by Japanese soldiers, Nick and his new friend Mya set off on elephant back, risking their lives to save Nick's father and Mya's brother from a Japanese POW camp.

  • The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe (2008)
    • The story of Seaman, a Newfoundland puppy who finds a home with Meriwether Lewis, and joins he and William Clark on their landmark expedition to the west.

  • Legwork (2011; e-book)
    • Student and aspiring football star Briggs Barclay begins an odd friendship with his paraplegic neighbor Theodore Ranly. Unbeknownst to Briggs, Ranly is a partner in a detective agency, and soon asks for his help in a case, which will require Briggs to travel to Montana and back in order to rescue a kidnapped four-year-old.

  • Hijack Over Weaver's Needle (2012)
    • When he's blamed for a series of accidents at the airline he works for, engineer Jack Traner sets in motion a plan for revenge reminiscent of D. B. Cooper's 1971 hijacking.

    Contributions to other series by Roland Smith: 
  • The 39 Clues, series 2, #4: Shatterproof (2012)
    • A multi-author series featuring the Cahill family and their strange secret; divided into four separate arcs.

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  • The Cartel: The villains of the Jack Osborne duology.


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