Roland Smith (Author of Shatterproof)Roland Smith is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.
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. 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.
In 1997, Smith published his first novel, Thundercave. The book continues Smiths theme, as teenage protagonist Jacob Lansa follows his biologist father to Africa where the father is researching elephants. The Lansa character also appears in 1999
s Jaguar and 2001s The Last Lobo. Other novels by Smith include The Captains Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe, Zachs Lie, Jacks Run, Cryptid Hunters, Sasquatch (novel), about a boy who searches for Bigfoot. Peak, the story of a teenage boy obsessed with climbing mountains, Elephant Run and Tentacles(novel). In 2008, Smith published the first book in the series I, Q, titled Independence Hall. Smiths books have won Book of the Year awards in Colorado, Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida, as well as in his native Oregon. Smith lives in Tualatin, Oregon with his wife and stepchildren.
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Zoologist and author. With Michael J. Several of Smith's books have been adapted for audio. Roland Smith is a zookeeper turned children's author who has carved a niche for himself both in nonfiction and fiction with such award-winning titles as Sea Otter Rescue, Journey of the Red Wolf, Thunder Cave, Jaguar , and Sasquatch. Blending action and adventure with accurate scientific detail, Smith's fiction has been praised by critics and applauded by young-adult readers, while his nonfiction works are marked by readability and feature detailed insider information told in an accessible manner. Born in Portland, Oregon, Smith formed a love of reading and writing early in his life.
Your authorness here, with information about a new regular feature to my website blog. Or heck, more often. When did you know that you first wanted to be a writer? I was five years old. My parents, for some mysterious reason, gave me a dusty old Underwood manual typewriter for Christmas that weighed more than I did at the time. I feel in love with the machine and would type nonsense on it every day.
Roland Smith. Early life Roland Smith was born on November 30, He was born in the big city of Portland, Oregon. It was my favorite possession. I spent hours in my room clacking away on that old typewriter. As a child he would sit in his room and just type away and write stories.