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Roland Smith

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One School, One Read....2011-2012


Roland Smith


 Storm Runners I.Q. Book Two: The White House   Elephant Run by Roland Smith Peak by Roland Smith   Cyrptid Hunter by Roland Smith Thunder Cave, by Roland Smith 


Long ago, I had the opportunity to meet the author of my 4th Graders favorite book pick, Roland Smith.  This author has the most amazing journeys, settings, characters, and action-packed suspense novels that you could ever read.  He is my "go-to" author whenever one of you are seeking to discover a new author or series.  As an author, he will never disappoint you!


My journey with Roland's books began with his first novel Thunder Cave, it is a page-turner as you travel with Jacob (14) from New York to the bush in Kenya.  What would you do if you found yourself alone in a big city with only a bike and a message from your dad that appears to be his last known contact?  Jacob embarks on a journey that is unique and full of dangers into a country where once there noone will be able to help him.


A few years back, the Green Mt. student/parent book club read  Cryptid Hunters in which Grace and Marty (13) are sent to live with their uncle whom they have never met.  Their uncle is tracking a mysterious creature and their journey will prove to be the beginning of life and death situations.


Just a few years ago, the 7th & 8th graders began a journey up Mt. Everest when, as a class, they read Peak.  Not only were they impressed with the true connections to real Everest climbers, they were rooting for Peak to summit Everest from the moment he was arrested for climbing a New York skyscraper.


Whichever novel you explore.....you will be turning the pages until the last word appears.  You are guaranteed experiences beyond what you know up here in the mountains, you will meet characters that will stay implanted within your readers vision, you will discover new avenues for further exploration, and you will want to read whatever is Roland's latest creation.


As a staff, we are excited to bring to Green Mountain our 2011-2012 author pick.......Roland Smith !

Book Moments to Remember....

  • While journeying with the Lewis & Clark Expedition, in The Captain's Dog, I found myself smiling in more than one situation, especially as the "beast veered to the left... when I went for a wild ride until I remembered to unclench my jaws." What an image, action packed... tense... and hysterical!
  • When Peak declares, "I guess my plan didn't quite work out in the Woolworth Building..," I wondered why was Peak thinking this way?  Was it because his actions were illeagal, dangerous, and foolish?  Did he realize that others might try the exact same stunt?  Or was he just upset that things didn't turn out the way he was hoping?
  • E is for Evergreen, the state we live in.  "B is for Bigfoot... are they fact or fiction?" Did you know that the author has written two different adventure books which connects to the information from this page? A Bigfoot is known as a "cryptid" animal, you can discover other cryptid animals while reading Cryptid Hunters. If you want to read about Bigfoot, Sasquatch is the best journey within the Pacific Northwest.
  • While Q and Angela are sorting out who to trust in I,Q: Independence Hall, I just had to move on into I,Q: The White House.  I wonder, which cliff-hanger had you on the edge of your chair? 
  Kitty Hawk
The President's daughter has been kidnapped by the elusive and lethal Ghost Cell. Quest and Angela are in hot pursuit with vicious winds and blinding rain thwarting them at every turn. It's a desperate high stakes chase. But who is chasing whom? Are Q and Angela the hunters or the hunted?

You can get I,Q Book 3 at your local bookseller, or order it online:  

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I,Q Book Four: The Alamo will be out soon. I'll let you know when it is available.

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Shatterproof (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series #4)

Shatterproof my contribution to the 39 Clues series, Cahills vs. Vespers is out!

After pulling some spectacular heists, Amy and Dan have become two of Interpol's most wanted criminals. So when Vesper One orders them to steal the world's largest diamond, they know they're facing life in prison . . . or worse. But with the Cahill hostages still in peril, Amy and Dan have no choice but to launch a mission that leads them to an ancient city full of dangerous secrets. With a Vesper mole sabotaging the Madrigals from inside, Amy and Dan have to fulfill their enemy's request before it's too late.  Vesper One has developed a taste for killing Cahills, and Amy and Dan aren't going to wait to see who's next.


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Roland Smith


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Roland Smith

Z is for Zookeepr by Roland Smith   Journey of the Red Wolf by Roland Smith  E is for Evergreen by Marie Smith African Elephants, by Roland Smith  S is for Smithsonian   N is for Our Nation's Capital by Marie Smith

 Roland Smith  On Roland's facebook he asked his readers if they liked reading books written in first person or third person.....

 "This is all very interesting. Here's my very brief take on POV (point of view).

I like to read and write in 1st person. Although I don't write in 1st person very often. There's something more personal about 1st person, which is probably why a lot of authors use it to write their first novel. But 1st person (in it's strictest sense) does have some severe story structure limitations. Namely that nothing can happen in real time outside your POV character's eyes. Outside events can be related to the character, but the reader doesn't get to see them unfold.

Authors sometimes mix 1st and 2nd POV in the same narrative, or they'll have more than one 1st person narrator, but both of these techniques are difficult to pull off."

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