Independence Hall (I,Q Series #1)

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Fame has arrived for rockers Blaze and Roger! Just married, leaving Los Angeles, and touring the United States with teenagers Q (Quest) and Angela in tow, the excitement heightens in Philadelphia when Angela realizes she's being followed. Q soon learns the secret about Angela's real mother - a former Secret Service agent.

Readers are thrust into current issues affecting the world in this edge-of- your-seat, modern-day mystery adventure. I, Q readers will be immersed in the work ...

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Overview

Fame has arrived for rockers Blaze and Roger! Just married, leaving Los Angeles, and touring the United States with teenagers Q (Quest) and Angela in tow, the excitement heightens in Philadelphia when Angela realizes she's being followed. Q soon learns the secret about Angela's real mother - a former Secret Service agent.

Readers are thrust into current issues affecting the world in this edge-of- your-seat, modern-day mystery adventure. I, Q readers will be immersed in the work of U.S. Secret Service, the Mossad, and the MI5. But who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? What happens to this newly formed family if Angela's mom is not dead?

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.

Penned with his wife, Roland's 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
Quest ("Q") Munoz, 13-year-old amateur magician, and Angela Tucker, 15-year-old Tae Kwon Do expert and amateur spy, have just become step-siblings. It's a good thing they get along, because only days after their folks tie the knot, they are pursued by Israeli (Mossad) spies. Speaking of spies, Angela's mom, who died in the line of duty four years earlier, was one of the best... or was she? Boone, the roadie/spy looking after them, tells Angela there is a 50/50 chance her mom is still alive! The plot thickens when they learn that Angela's mom had (has?) an identical twin who may (or may not) be terrorists! What's a girl to do? If it's Angela, the answer is risk her (and her stepbrother's) life to find the truth. To give away more would be criminal. This one is a humdinger! As with Jack's Run and Zach's Lie, Roland Smith has created an exciting page-turner, but he's outdone himself this time. Angela and Q make a terrific team, each using her and his respective talents in clever ways. First-person narrator Q also has a wonderful, dry sense of humor: "‘I think I'm walking through a dead zone,' I said, hoping I wasn't being literal." This first entry in the cleverly named "I, Q" series leads right into the sequel. Let's hope it comes out soon. Reviewer: Naomi Milliner
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Gr 5-8

When Quest (Q for short) Munoz's songwriting mom marries rock star Roger Tucker, he and new stepsister Angela join the sensational duo on the road for a national concert tour. Life on the bus goes from boring to bedlam as an old roadie named Boone and his dog, Croc, come aboard, and Dirk Peski, an appropriately named paparazzo, stalks their every move. Boone's preoccupation with the teens' safety and whereabouts and Angela's suspicions about being followed lead her to tell Q about her dead mother's connection to the Secret Service. Alternating chapters of italicized dialogue between a mystery man named Eban Lavi and an international cast of shady characters alert readers that this parallel action will somehow impact Q and Angela when they reach Philadelphia, the city where Angela's mother was killed in the line of duty. Speculation that she may have survived and become a terrorist fuels Angela's determination to find the truth. The pair uses natural tech savvy and Q's magician tricks to elude their followers and comb the city for clues. Preoccupied adults and bumbling spies provide a convenient plot contrivance for the sleuthing teens, but sheer numbers of extraneous characters muddle the story. The best-developed character, Boone, steals the show as the paternal, James Bond-loving intelligence officer whose crime-solving dog is a sidekick. Action lovers will find just enough substance to keep them coming back for future episodes.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old "Q," or Quest, is at a life-changing moment. His singer-songwriter mother, Blaze, is marrying Roger, and together they have a hit album. The rocker couple plans a cross-country tour with the kids. A year out of school with only an online tutor leaves plenty of time for Q to practice his magic tricks and to get to know his new 15-year-old stepsister, Angela. The tour bus stops in Philadelphia, the parents exit to do their show-and Angela confides to Q that she believes they are being followed. With the help of Boone, a former roadie (and retired spook) who is now in charge of the kids, they realize that Angela is in danger: Her mother, a CIA agent believed to have perished in a terrorist attack, may still be alive. A blend of adventure, suspense, intelligently imagined characters and terrific authorial sleight-of-hand (not to mention Q's own card tricks) will keep readers engaged as the kids solve the mystery in this series opener. An interactive website is scheduled to launch with the book's release. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585364688
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: I,Q Series , #1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 675,003
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    Great Book!

    "Independence Hall" was a great book! Would be good for all ages. "Independence Hall" will keep any reader interested, and at the edge of their seat. A highly addictive book. You won't want to stop reading it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Great book, Terrible ending

    Hello. Qualified book critic here. I have read many books with bad endings, and I'd say that this makes my top 5 list. Overall, I liked the book. But I must say that Roland reinvented mystery for me and knocked James Bond out of my #1 spy spot. That spot now belongs to Angela and Q.

    With Awesomeness from a qualified critic,
    Goodbye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Anonymous

    I LOVED this book. It was a really good book, and I am going to continue to read the other books.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    @ Rachel's Book Reviews Roland Smith has done a fantastic job a

    @ Rachel's Book Reviews

    Roland Smith has done a fantastic job at this realistic fiction book. Bravo is one word that comes to mind. It did a wonderful job of revealing terrorism in America without getting gory. However, the book is so realistic, that whenever Angela’s mom was mentioned (especially the way she died) I found myself reliving that awful morning, Tuesday September 11, 2001.
    Maybe it didn’t happen to you; maybe you didn’t see it on the news. For me however, the video was seemingly burned into my mind in slow motion.
    IQ is an excellent book (and I am looking forward to the sequel), but it is realistic fiction. If you were severely affected by terrorism or 9/11, maybe this isn’t the book for you. Or maybe it would be therapeutic to read about two teens fighting terrorism. This is for you to decide. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Good story

    This is overall a very god book. Little bit of a cliff hanger, though.
    -Jay

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

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    Perfect for fans of the "39 Clues" or "The Infini

    Perfect for fans of the "39 Clues" or "The Infinity Ring" series - 3 1/2 STARS

    Review Tally - based out of 5

    OVERALL: 3 1/2 STARS

    Story/Plot: 4 - This is actually a cleverly executed book/series. This series reminds me of the "39 Clues" series, as well as the "Infinity Ring" series for young adults. These books inform the readers of various different historical facts - or in the case of the "I,Q" series both historical and current affairs - while providing an interesting adventure for the protagonists and the readers.

    Re-read Value: 2 - I'll be honest here, I, personally, would probably not re-read this book. But I would like to say owning it wouldn't be a bad thing. I think it contains a lot of interesting facts and information and there are sure to be other readers out there who might like to review/remember certain information dropped in the book or who might just like to re-read the adventures of Q and Angela.

    Continue Series: 3 - 50/50. I think this series is an interesting concept and presently, for me, I don't feel a rush at the current moment to read the second one in the series. Although I do say that, I am intrigued by the series and plan to keep it on the back burner, so when I have some time, I will continue the adventures of Q and Angela.

    Characters: 4 - There are a lot of interesting characters in this series and not just Q and Angela. I think readers will quite enjoy the various types of characters and while reading it, the "Some Old Spooks" characters reminded me a little of the characters in "Red."

    Cover: 3 - The cover is enterprising, especially as it incorporated the I & Q. For the series, it is a good design and will help readers recognize the various books in the series. On the other hand, this series is a young adult series about a boy and his sister who become involved in international intrigue and gives the reader valuable intelligence regarding current affairs. Looking at the cover, you wouldn't see that.

    Genre Fulfillment: 5 - I know you might think this is a pretty high number considering the comment I have posted up above. As I just stated up in the Cover Rating, this series features and Q and his step-sister Angela as they tackle spooks, terrorists and travel across the country - the United States - as their respective parents pursue their music career. As they travel, the two main characters drop historical information, interesting facts about various cities/locations, as well as inform the reader about the current state of the world.

    Personal Involvement: 3 - After writing the above, I am left with one thought - in 50 years time, although the "current" information will not be exact, I honestly feel it will be similar. Sadly I do not think we as humans learn from the mistakes of our pasts. Maybe, just maybe, readers of this series will gain some wisdom from this series and we could break the cycle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Love

    I loved it! Can't wait to read the next in the series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    BOOK REVEIW OF I,Q

    I absolutely loved the book I,Q. This story has a way of grabbing the reader's attention and keeps them reading on with the anticipation of what is going to happen next. When two step siblings, Quest and Angela, realize their being followed,they get tangled into a problem they never thought they would be a part of. Later Quest learns about the secrets of Angela's mother Malak, who was a former Secret Service agent and was supposedly killed by a terrorist bomb. The race of Angela, Quest, and the SOS agianst the Mossad leads to a suspensful and heart pounding adventure for the truth of what really happened to the memorable agent, Malak.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Excellent Read!-slow start, short ending. But definitely worth it!

    I decided to read this book after I read the Hunger Games series. I was told that this book was good from another person that read, and loved, the Hunger Games series. The main character Quest (a.k.a. IQ) is the son of Blaze Munoz, a female musician now married to his stepfather Roger Turner. Roger's previous wife, Malak Turner, who is now dead, was a secret service agent for the C.I.A. I like Quest because he shares many characteristics with Katniss, the main character from the Hunger Games. First, he did what was best for his mother (supporting her marriage to Roger) similar to Katniss taking the position of her sister. Quest and Katniss both accept the call to adventure in their lives. Both books start out similar. They take a little time to get started. If you like a book that gets into the story right away, this book is not the book for you. It takes some time to get into it and at the beginning, its hard to even know what the story is going to be about, but about 1/4 or more of the way through the book it begins to become really addictive and good. I liked this book because it is told by the main character, so it is through his point of view, like the Hunger Games. Until about 1/4 of the way through the book, there are two different stories being told. The author makes clear sense of this by using italics for one party, while Quest's party and point of view is the normal text. I started to question if I was going to finish this book because of its slow start, but if you like a suspenseful,hard-to-put-down book (like the Hunger Games) it's a great book for you. One thing I didn't care for in this book was the tight and short ending. I was suprised that the beginning of the book took up most of the story. From the point where the two parties meet up and the story starts setting up is less of the book than the beginning. I thought that the begining could, and should, have been shorter. The beginning was boring and in the end, most of the stuff that took place doesn't even matter. The ending could have had more scenes and suspense take place than it did. I was a little bugged about how fast the ending was moving, and I think the author could have talked about a few more characters than he did. As I was reading, I couldn't believe how far I was into the book as it was starting to set up. But none the less, the ending is very well done by Roland Smith, as well as the story. The story was a very intriguing concept, and I haven't heard of any other books that have a story that touched this subject. The ending of this text leads up to the next book quite well, and I am looking forward to reading the second book of this series by Roland Smith. I am now a fan of two series: The Hunger Games, and now I,Q.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    BEST BOOK EVERRR!

    this is the best book! HURRY UP ROLAND! I WANT TO GET THE OTHER BOOK! I HAVE BEEN WAITING TWO YEARS NOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

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    This was a book full of adventure around every corner when Q(quest) and his newe step sister angela find out the truth about her so called "dead mother" and when angela discovers they are being followed and a secret service agent helps them

    If you are a person that loves adventure this thrilling book one of the best books i ever read i could never put the book down i read through it so fast it was amazing the way the author use words to make the story and the whole plot behind thge story so many ages would love this book the book was amazing exciting thrilling adventures breath taking definetley one of the best books i everr read if your into spy books and movies then you will like this book just thenn way the author wrote it was amazing

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    I,Q Independence Hall

    This book is extremely fast pace, exciting, and fantastic. I sat down to read this book, and I didn't get up until I'd finished it. While the writing isn't exactly difficult or high class, the adventure is very real. On the character's journey through some life or death situations, used book stores, and burger joints, I decided that this was a wonderful book, even if it isn't what I usually read. I think that anyone could get caught into the excitement of this book, and it's whirlwind pace. It is full of conspiracy theories, international spy organizations, and mistaken identity. I highly recommend this book and its sequel, I,Q The White House.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2010

    AWesome book

    I got this book last year from the book fair by accident. I read and it was the best book ever. this book is good for all ages and boys and girls ive told everyone in my class to read and they have and the all likke it. I can't wait for the second book in the series

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I,q is a fantastic novel. It is funny with quite a bit of action, and you will not watn to put it down. Read it today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    Awesome Book

    I think this book is great for girls and boys. I thought it was suspensful and well writen I give this book an A. I did a book report on it and my class liked it.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Why am i not surprised that this book is amazing? Well duh, Roland Smith wrote it!

    This book was awing and it really gave a feel as to who the characters are and what is important to them. The author, Roland Smith is very good at perspective and using modern language. He remains to be one of my favorite authors. He is one of those people who can write all types of different things, like Zachs lie, and Jacks run, and Cryptid Hunters are all VERY different, but no matter what is thrown at him, he can bat 1000. This book was very interesting because of the inside knowledge he had about what was going on and the great details. It makes me think, if he is like some of the characters! The characterization was great when it came to Angela, she was probably my favorite but most despised character. Its confusing, but when she has her annoying moments, they can be hated. But her character is also really cool and interesting. I love this book! Highly reccommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    I, Q= a great story!

    I, Q is a great book for young readers who enjoy thrill and excitement. It is full of adventure, suspence, mystery, and tons of undercover agents and spies.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    Like I said, I LOVE ROLAND SMITH!

    Roland Smith's latest creation, I,Q: Independence Hall is the 1st in the I,Q series. 13 year-old Quest (Q) and his step-sister, 15 year-old Angela are headed for a little road trip/ U.S. tour their rock star parents are doing. When they run into mysterios Tyrone Boone, a leagend in the rock star books, their little tour becomes a mission. Angela's supposedly "dead" mom was killed in a terrorist bomb and said to be seen lately covering as a terrorist, Anmar (the leopard). Is it Malak, Angela's mom, or is it her twin sister?? With a bunch of Mossad goons chasing them, Q, Angela, and the SOS team will find out the truth. Is the mysterious "dead" woman an Angel or a Leopard? Read I,Q: Independence Hall to find out!

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has earned this distinguished award.

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    Posted February 25, 2009

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