Books by Roland Smith

CHUPACABRA by Roland Smith
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A decent-enough adventure, but not one for the ages. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Marty and Grace return for their third rare-animal adventure (Tentacles, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
KITTY HAWK by Roland Smith
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"Breathless and exciting, but no more substantial than smoke from a spy's revolver. (Thriller. 11-14)"
In the third book of a spy-and-terrorist-jammed series, breathless pacing helps to minimize several flaws.  Read full book review >
ERUPTION by Roland Smith
Released: March 1, 2012

"A wild, roller coaster ride despite the credibility-stretching ending. (Adventure. 11-13)"
The third and concluding volume in Smith's breakneck Storm Runners trilogy shifts the scene from a circus' devastated winter quarters in hurricane-wracked Florida to the ominously active Mexican volcano Popocatepetl. Read full book review >
STORM RUNNERS:  THE SURGE by Roland Smith
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A high-velocity page-turner, for all that it's only a segment of a larger arc. (Adventure. 11-13)"
Family members separated in a Florida hurricane struggle to get back together, but the waters are rising fast and big cats are on the loose in this sequel to Storm Runners (2011). Read full book review >
STORM RUNNERS by Roland Smith
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

Readers will really feel blasts of wind, water and flying debris in this disaster tale—at least until the narrative cuts off in mid-howl. Read full book review >

INDEPENDENCE HALL by Roland Smith
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

Thirteen-year-old "Q," or Quest, is at a life-changing moment. Read full book review >

ELEPHANT RUN by Roland Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for 14-year-old Nick Freestone, as he is sent out of London during the Blitz only to arrive at his father's teak plantation in Burma right before the Japanese invade. Read full book review >

PEAK by Roland Smith
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

Dare-devil mountain-climber, Peak Marcello (14), decides to scale the Woolworth Building and lands in jail. Read full book review >

JACK’S RUN by Roland Smith
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

After a narrow escape from the drug dealers in whose trial Jack's father will testify (Zach's Lie, 2001), Jack and his family have returned to the dubious safety of the Witness Security Program. Read full book review >

CRYPTID HUNTERS by Roland Smith
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

When Uncle Wolfe takes them on a dinosaur hunt, orphaned twins Grace and Marty find themselves in a B-movie with email. Read full book review >

ZACH’S LIE by Roland Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

The life Jack Osborne knew has just ended. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

paper 0-15-201290-7 "La," "Yah," and "Haw" are not the gurglings of an infant but a string of commands that a timber elephant must learn in the southeastern Asian forest of Myanmar, formerly Burma. Read full book review >

JAGUAR by Roland Smith
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1997

The lush tropical rainforest serves as an unexpected but colorful setting for this sequel to Smith's Thunder Cave (1995, not reviewed). Jake Lansa, 14, is angry when his father, Robert ``Doc'' Lansa, leaves him in the care of a retirement home with his grandfather, while he goes off to a jaguar preserve in the jungles of Manaus, near Brazil. Read full book review >

INSIDE THE ZOO NURSERY by Roland Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

From a biologist with 20 years of zoo experience (keeper to assistant director): a discussion of the special care, plus unusual procedures and equipment (diets, incubators, gravity-flow feeding tubes), needed to rear a wide variety of baby animals. Read full book review >