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Roland Smith Books In Order

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Publication Order of Beneath Books

Publication Order of Jacob Lansa Books

Publication Order of I, Q Books

Independence Hall (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White House (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kitty Hawk (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alamo (With: Michael P. Spradlin) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Windy City (With: Michael P. Spradlin) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alcatraz (With: Michael P. Spradlin) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Marty and Grace Books

Cryptid Hunters / Jungle Hunters (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tentacles (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chupacabra (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mutation (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Peak Books

Publication Order of Storm Runners Books

Publication Order of Zach's Lie Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sasquatch (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elephant Run (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hijack Over Weaver's Needle (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Switch (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Sea Otter Rescue (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Primates in the Zoo (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snakes in the Zoo (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inside the Zoo Nursery (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Zoo (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cats in the Zoo (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
African Elephants (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journey of the Red Wolf (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vultures (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Forest with the Elephants (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Books

The Medusa Plot (By: Jude Watson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A King's Ransom (By: Jude Watson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead of Night (By: Peter Lerangis) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shatterproof (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trust No One (By: Linda Sue Park) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of Doom (By: David Baldacci) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Alphabet Picture Books

with Marie Smith
B is for Beaver (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
E is for Evergreen (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
N is for Our Nation's Capital (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Z is for Zookeeper (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
W is for Waves (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
S is for Smithsonian (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
T is for Time (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Great Episodes Books

A Ride into Morning (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Break with Charity (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fifth of March (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keep Smiling Through (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finishing Becca (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of Sarah Revere (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acquaintance with Darkness (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cast Two Shadows (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Captain's Dog (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coffin Quilt (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Staircase (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guns for General Washington (By: Seymour Reit) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind Rebel Lines (By: Seymour Reit) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Or Give Me Death (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Unlikely Friendship (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Juneteenth (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ever-After Bird (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Letter Writer (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leigh Ann's Civil War (By: Ann Rinaldi) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Discover America State By State Books

S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet (By: Michael Glenn Monroe,Carol Crane) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
L Is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet (By: Carol Crane,Michael Monroe) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
G Is for Grand Canyon : An Arizona Alphabet (By: Barbara Gowan,Katherine Larson) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet (By: Carol Crane,Mark Braught) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
M Is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet (By: Jeannie Brett,Margot Theis Raven) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
E Is for Empire: A New York Alphabet (By: Ann E. Burg,Maureen K. Brookfield) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A" Is For Arches: A Utah Alphabet (By: Becky Hall,Katherine Larson) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
T Is for Tar Heel: A North Carolina Alphabet (By: Gary Palmer,Carol Crane) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
B is for Beaver (With: Marie Smith) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
E Is for Enchantment: A New Mexico Alphabet (By: Helen Foster James,Neecy Twinem) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
E is for Evergreen (With: Marie Smith) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
S Is for Silver: A Nevada Alphabet (By: Eleanor Coerr,Darcie Park) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
N is for Our Nation's Capital (With: Marie Smith) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A" is for Aloha: A Hawai'i Alphabet (By: U'ilani Goldsberry,Tammy Yee) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
F is for First State: A Delaware Alphabet (By: Elizabeth Traynor,Carol Crane) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
O Is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet (By: Troy Howell,Pamela Duncan Edwards) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
B is for Badger: A Wisconsin Alphabet (By: Renée Graef,Kathy-jo Wargin) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
S is for Sooner: An Oklahoma Alphabet (By: Devin Scillian) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
C is for Cornhusker: A Nebraska Alphabet (By: Rajean Luebs Shepherd) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
M Is For Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet (By: Jeannie Brett) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
L Is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet (By: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen,Kathy-jo Wargin) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet (By: Marie Harris) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
H is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet (By: Patricia A. Pierce) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet (By: Devin Scillian) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
G is for Golden: A California Alphabet (By: David Domeniconi) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
L Is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet (By: Michael Glenn Monroe) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
G is for Garden State: A New Jersey Alphabet (By: Doris Ettlinger) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
G is for Grand Canyon: An Arizona Alphabet (By: Barbara Gowan) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
F is for First State: A Delaware Alphabet (By: Elizabeth Traynor) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
C Is for Centennial: A Colorado Alphabet (By: Helle Urban) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
M Is For Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet Book (By: Michael Shoulders) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
R is for Rhode Island Red: A Rhode Island Alphabet (By: Mary Jane Begin) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Is For Arches: A Utah Alphabet (By: Becky Hall) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet (By: Bruce Langton) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet (By: Joanna Yardley) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet (By: Troy Howell,Pamela Duncan Edwards) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet (By: Joanna Yardley) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
B Is For Buckeye: An Ohio Alphabet (By: Marcia Schonberg) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
V is for Viking: A Minnesota Alphabet (By: Kathy-jo Wargin) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet (By: Michael Glenn Monroe) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet (By: Stan Steiner) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet (By: Judy Young,Ross B. Young) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
B Is For Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet (By: Mary Ann Mccabe Riehle) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
P Is for Palmetto: A South Carolina Alphabet (By: Mary Whyte,Carol Crane) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
M is for Mountain State: A West Virginia Alphabet (By: Laura J. Bryant) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet (By: Cheryl Harness) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
L Is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet (By: Jeannie Brett) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
N Is for Nutmeg: A Connecticut Alphabet (By: Maureen K. Brookfield) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
P is for Pelican: A Louisiana Alphabet (By: Anita C. Prieto) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
E is for Enchantment: A New Mexico Alphabet (By: Helen Foster James,Neecy Twinem) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (By: Eugene Gagliano) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
V is for Volunteer: A Tennessee Alphabet (By: Michael Shoulders) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
M Is For Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet (By: Michael Glenn Monroe) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
K Is for Keystone: A Pennsylvania Alphabet (By: Kristen Kane) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet (By: Shirley C. Menendez) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

An American author, the well known and equally well regarded author Roland Smith has come to be highly praised for his unique and perceptive brand of young adult fiction which he has been writing for a number of years now. With a large quantity of titles, he is largely seen as being at the forefront of the genre, pioneering much of it for the many writers that have followed in his footsteps since. He has also written a number of non-fiction books as well, with many of them being focused upon animals and animal welfare, something which is of a primary interest to him as an author.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Portland, Oregon, in the United States of America on the 30th of November, 1951, the author Roland Smith was brought up with a passion for both reading and writing. This was something that he would constantly come back to over the years, continually nurturing and progressing it as a finely tuned craft of his. Another keen interest he held was that of animals, something which would also become a recurring theme throughout his lifetime.

Graduating from Portland State University where he majored in English, he was soon well on his way towards achieving his childhood dream of becoming an author. It was also during this time that he developed his passion for animals, something which he would continually return to time and time again. With his education and his keen interest in animal welfare, he was soon well on his way to becoming the author that he’s currently known as today.

After leaving university he went on to work in a zoo for some time, a job that really helped both him and his work. Also developing his passion for animals as a subject, it really inspired him, as he got a closer more in-depth look at the creatures there. Initially he thought that this job would simply be a part-time position, but he ended up working with animals for over twenty years before leaving to work full-time.

Now living on a small farm south of Portland, he lives with his wife Marie where he continues to write to this day. Still writing about animals, he manages to draw upon his past informing what he has and will continue to work with in the following years to come. As his writing career grows from strength-to-strength, he will carry on building upon his popularity and material for some time yet.

Writing Career

Publishing both fiction and non-fiction, Roland Smith has produced a variety of books over the many years of his career. With a focus on young adult fiction, he’s managed to carve himself a niche in the market that remains unparalleled to this very day. Winning awards as well, such as the Oregon Book Award in 1996, he has not gone without his fair share of critical acclaim too.

His style has come to be known of as exciting and enthralling, whilst also not forgetting to inform and engage the reader along the way. Knowing what he’s working with and exactly who he is as a writer is one of his greatest strengths as an author of contemporary fiction. It really manages to progress the action and the readers understanding, something which definitely tends to appeal to many of his younger readers.

Bringing out his second novel, Thunder Cave, in 1997, he was already well on his way to becoming the success that he currently is today. Featuring recurring characters throughout, he’s been able to maintain his storylines and narratives over the years, carrying them steadily forwards. With more releases to follow on the horizon, this looks set to continue on into the foreseeable future, as he doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.

Elephant Run

First published on the 25th of September, 2007, through the Disney-Hyperion publishing label, this was to be a stand-alone novel from Roland Smith. Still retaining his signature style and tone as an author though, it manages to capture the best of his writing, providing much of what his readers have now come to know and love. That’s not to say that it isn’t without a few surprises though, as it offers a few unexpected twists and turns along the way as well.

Set during the Second World War in 1941, the action begins with the apartment of a young Nick Freestone being bombed, leaving his mother to send him to Burma with his father. It is in Burma though that the village he’s staying in is attacked by the Japanese, ending up with his father being taken away as a POW, as he’s forced into a life of servitude back on the plantation with its new rulers. That’s when him, and his new young friend Mya, decide to escape on elephant back and go rescue his father, all whilst evading the Japanese along the way. Will they be able to escape the captors, or will they be dragged back? Can they both stay alive during this troubled time? What will become of Nick and Mya as they head off on their elephant run?


Initially published in 2012 on the 1st of March through Scholastic Incorporated, this was to be the third book in the ongoing Storm Runners series of novels. Charting the progress of Chase Masters it manages to provide the epic conclusion to the trilogy, finalizing all the loose ends in one major climax. It also works at creating an exciting narrative in much the same vein as before, whilst also simultaneously managing to keep its readers guessing right up until the very end.

Looking to track down the Rossi Brothers Circus, the protagonist Chase Masters heads over the south of the border with his friend, Nicole Rossi. This is all after an enormous earthquake has taken place, leaving volcano to potentially go off in its wake as well, something which potentially threatens them all. With his dad coming along as well, they will come across a whole variety of different animals when meeting the circus, all whilst just attempting to survive. Will they find what they’re looking for? What will they discover in the south? Can they all evade the eruption?

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