Roland Smith

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Roland Smith
Born(1951-11-30) 30 November 1951 (age 62)
Portland, Oregon
OccupationAuthor
EducationPortland State University
Spouse(s)Marie Smith
 
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Roland Smith
Born(1951-11-30) 30 November 1951 (age 62)
Portland, Oregon
OccupationAuthor
EducationPortland State University
Spouse(s)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 first novel, Thundercave. 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".

Bibliography[edit]

I, Q book series[edit]

Marty and Grace series[edit]

Others[edit]

Other novels written by Smith include:

Awards[edit]

Smith's books have won "Book of the Year" awards in Colorado, Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida, as well as in his native 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]

References[edit]

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

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