Roland Smith

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Roland Smith
Born (1951-11-30) 30 November 1951 (age 68)
Portland, Oregon
Education Portland State University
SpouseMarie 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

Roland Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, 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

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 Chupacabra, the sequel to Tentacles.



Picture books by Roland and Marie Smith

Lansa/Hickock/O'Hara continuity

Jack Osborne series

Peak Marcello series

I, Q book series

Storm Runners trilogy

Beneath series




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). Smith has also won 3 awards for his best selling series Cryptid Hunters in 2008 and 2010.

Personal life

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

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