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Roland Smith Roland Smith first worked with animals at the Portland Zoo, and he has been involved in animal rescues and conservation work around the world for more than twenty years. He is the author of several children’s books, as well as the coauthor of numerous picture books with his wife, Marie. Mr. Smith lives with Marie on a farm south of Portland, Oregon, and he enjoys writing, raveling, and visiting schools. Learn more about his work at Roland Smith’s website.

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Cryptid Hunters & Tentacles

Cryptid Hunters — (2004-2014) Ages 9-12. Publisher: After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn’t even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.

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Tentacles: A real blast!

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Tentacles by Roland Smith

When I picked up Tentacles by Roland Smith, I had no idea it was a sequel (the first book being Cryptid Hunters). But I quickly discovered that it didn't matter. Not only is there a list of dramatis personae at the beginning of the book, but Roland Smith is very deft at refreshing plot details without info-dumping the events of the previous book on unsuspecting readers.

In Tentacles, Marty, his cousin Grace, and his friend Luther join Marty's uncle on a journey to capture a live giant squid — something that's never been done before. But they'll have to deal w... Read More