Independence Hall (I, Q, Book 1)
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Thirteen-year-old Quest (Q) isn't sure he's ready for a new family. For a long time it's just been him and his mom, Blaze. But everything changes when Blaze falls in love with Roger and they start a new rock band called Match. Now they're married, have a hit record, and Match is going out on a year-long driving tour across the country. Q, along with new stepsister Angela, will take a year off from school and travel with the band. For now, home will be a luxury motor coach and homework will be a Web site diary of their travels. Perfect-Q can practice his magic tricks and Angela can read her spy novels. What can go wrong? As Q and Angela settle into their new life and new relationship as siblings, they start to notice that certain coincidences don't seem coincidental. For example, how does a band roadie named Boone find them in the middle of a desert where their coach just happens to break down? Why does a man from their parents' wedding keep showing up in the same cities they stop at? When they reach Philadelphia, Q and Angela realize this tour is definitely not the trip their parents had planned and that the "City of Brotherly Love" is full of mysteries and secrets that could threaten their new life together. In addition to his action adventure books, Roland is the author of many award-winning books for children including Journey of the Red Wolf; The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe; and Thunder Cave, which was a 1996 Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of Social Studies. His books with Sleeping Bear Press include W is for Waves: An Ocean Alphabet; Z is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet; and N is for our Nation's Capital: A Washington, DC Alphabet. Roland lives near Portland, Oregon.
for a moment then said, “Your mother has, or had, an identical twin.” He paused again. “And her sister is, or was, a terrorist.” 50/50 “Was the woman at the café Malak or Anmar?” I asked. “The angel or the leopard?” “I don’t know,” Boone answered. “My mother is not a terrorist,” Angela said. “But she could be posing as a terrorist,” Boone said. “So you think the woman in the video is Angela’s mom,” I said. “All I know is that Eben believes the woman in the video is Angela’s mother. He
happened to be on the opposite side of where the guards were stationed. I had no doubt that Boone had parked the coach this way intentionally thinking that we might have to use the “backdoor.” Quietly, we eased ourselves through the hatch. We peeked around the rear of the coach at the guards. All three of them were now sitting at the desk playing cards. Up and Away We crept along the wall trying to stay in the shadows and not trip over anything. There was a ladder attached to the wall in the
to Tel Aviv give this to them and tell them to leave me alone.” He paused. “And I’m giving the kill to you two.” “What?” Devorah and Carma asked simultaneously. “My final report will say that the three of us followed the leopard and her male accomplice to the farm and that you took them out. There is no need to mention that the SOS team tied you up in your hotel room while I completed the mission. Since I’m leaving the Institute another successful terrorist kill will do me little good.”
cheer went up. Match began to sing. I, Q ( Book Two: The White House ) Roland Smith Sleeping Bear PressTM 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Boone pulled the coach up to the back gate of the White House. It was 2:00 in the morning. While Mom and Roger packed their overnight bags in the master suite, Boone gestured me and Angela to the front of the coach. “Buddy and the band are staying at the Willard Hotel two blocks away,” he explained quietly. “I’ll be at Blair House right across the street from
should be grateful he showed up when he did regardless of how he got there,” Roger said, recovering from whatever had bothered him. At that moment Tyrone Boone came into the café and walked over to our table. Croc remained outside, staring through the window, drooling. I wondered if they had doggie bags for yogurt. “The mechanic knows what he’s doin’,” Boone said. “Should have you back on the road in under an hour.” “We really appreciate your help, Boone,” Roger said. “Now why don’t you join