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Independence Hall (I, Q #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  4,768 ratings  ·  446 reviews
Q and Angela are new step-siblings. Their parents are successful musicians who are embarking on a cross-country tour. To enable them to have "family time" and stay somewhat removed from the spotlight they decide to travel alone in a large motor home. The kids are doing school work while traveling, including creating a website showing all of the places they visit.
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Published December 29th 2008 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 14, 2009 Vanz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy lovers, mystery lovers
This is one of those books I wanted to read, but was reluctant because of the cover. Plus, a little look inside the book told me it would probably be confusing with chapters, dates and chapters in italic. I reluctantly started on the book, about 30 pages in the book, it wasn't so bad afterall. And about a 100 pages in, it was probably one of the best books I have ever read! Roland Smith is a very good writer. The book in simple words is about 2 step-siblings. Their parents recently got married a...more
I'm not done reading this book, but I wish I was. I don't know, it just hasn't pulled me in and I'm 2/3 finished. I probably won't like it very much.

I finished this book last week of August, and I think it was too soon after having read Storm Breaker. The influence of that spy book was too strong -- I expected more action, a focus on one character, a huge explosion, and a dead bad guy.

There were moments when I was drawn in because I thought the story would pick up its pace, but I didn't care for...more
Erin Forson
I.Q. Independence Hall
by Roland Smith
This adventure novel had my attention quickly, because it featured two kids whose parents were rock stars. Because of this, Quest (a.ka. “Q” for short) and Angela get to be out of school and travel across the country in a giant, tricked out, R.V. What could be more exciting? But the more I read, the more confused I got. Three different spy organizations, the Mossad (or Israeli spies), the C.I.A., and the F.B.I., all are after the two kids, but I really never...more
Sandra Stiles
Mar 19, 2010 Sandra Stiles rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all of my students
Recommended to Sandra by: received from publisher
Q and his new step-sister Angela find themselves caught up in something they are not quite prepared for.
Blaze Munoz and Roger Tucker are two musicians who are starting off their tour with a wedding. Blaze had hit the top of the charts then took time off to be a mother. Roger Tucker has written songs for years. Now he and Blaze will start a new life together not only as a newly married couple with a blended family but also as the newest and hottest singing group, "Match".

Q has not really gotten...more
I.Q. is a fast-paced mystery with likable teen characters and SOS (Some Old Spooks) teamed against the bad guys. Thirteen-year-old Quest and his new stepsister, 15-year-old Angela, are on a music tour with their newly married and newly famous musician parents. Not everyone on the tour is who they seem to be, and Angela learns that maybe her Secret Service mother didn't really die 4 years ago in the line of duty. This is the first in a series and was a complete story with a solid ending, not like...more
Cormac Reilly 3/4/10

I.Q by: Roland Smith

There is a boy named Q he started his life living in a boat until his mother got married to a guy named Roger they forma band and go on a tour and roger has a daughter named Angela. Q and Angela are getting followed by Israel terrorist cause Angela’s real mom was a secret agent and they tried to get Angela. Then they got security and there were fights here and there and they killed some but not all.
My favorite character in the book was Angela because sh...more
Tony S
IQ #1: Independence Hall
By Roland Smith
311 Pages
Science Fiction

Independence Hall was about two stepsiblings, Quest (Q) and Angela, who are brought together when their rock star parents, Roger and Blaze go on tour. They meet up with a man named Tyrone Boone and he volunteers to be their tour bus driver. When Blaze and Roger leave Q, Angela, and Boone alone, Boone gets the children mixed up in Secret Service things, as well as someone who is following Angela and trying to get information on her m...more
When I think of "pillars of young-adult literature" Roland Smith doesn't come to mind. Maybe he should. This is now my third book I've read by him. (I didn't realize that until I'd finished.)

I went in to the book thinking I was going to be reading a book about artificial intelligence. Boy, was I wrong. I swear I read that in a summary somewhere.

This is more like a teen 24 (Merry Christmas). Secret agents, terrorists, espionage, intrigue, the Israeli Mossad... it's all there, but on a more kid-fr...more
I've read Roland Smith's Cryptid Hunters series as well as the Zach's Lie duology, enjoyed them, so I gave this one a try. I was a bit dissapointed. For a spy type of book it lacked action. The was more magic then action in this book. It dragged at parts and was really unrealistic. The good part about Smith is he can write dialogue really well, but this takes away from scenes that could be more interesting.

This book was still a good read but the next book is a definite maybee. If I have nothing...more
Promising first book in a new series for young adult readers, but this older adult found it engaging as well. Although the book requires some suspension of belief (and what good work of fiction does not?), there is plenty of connection with real life and plenty of excitement -- but not too much blood and gore -- at least not with this first entry.

As an adult raised in the cold war period, I found the SOS group especially appealing and wished fervently that it was real.

Looking forward to the next...more
New Agents
Have you ever wanted to be a secret service agent? Well that's what happens to two kids in the book I.Q. Book One: Independance Hall By Roland Smith. The theme of this book is don't give up and don't be afraid. The main characters are Quest (Q), Boone, Angela, and the parents "Blaze" and Roger Tucker. The copyright is 2008, published by Scholastic Inc. First printing is November, 2008.
Prologue: She runs down the hallway into a room and sees a near mirror image of herself... At least o...more
The Book IQ

Q and his step sister Angela have parents who are rock stars. They just started a cross country tour and now the Q and his new sister must attend school from a tour bus. After finding out a little info on angels mothers death, Q and angela go on a Quest to find out what happened to Angela's mother........

In my opinion this book could do better because I was confused and parts of the book had nothing to do with the story. “I pulled out a pair of baggy cargo pants. ( I always grab carg...more
I read this book in preparation for the author visiting the school where I work. It was interesting, and proved one thing to me: if you are passionate about something, and have the inclination and will to become an author, you can become an author.

The writing itself wasn't spectacular, but it could be interesting to kids. The story of two kids (both children of rock stars) who first become brother and sister, and then SPIES!, spun a fun tale, if not anything spectacular.
Apr 20, 2009 Kristin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school students
Recommended to Kristin by: Cam, a student
Although a little hard to follow at first, I was really quickly absorbed into this spy/mystery/adventure story of a boy named Quest, or Q and his stepsister Angela. I really like Roland Smith and this seems like a great new series! Looking forward to Book 2, which I think should come with a CD. The story takes place on the national tour of the band Match, and talks about how popular their single "Rekindled" is. I want to hear it! :)
This is a book that will allow you to keep imagining and predicting what's gonna happen after. This book Independence Hall is a pretty good book. The genre is realistic fiction. This book is cool, I just didn't like how the characters would talk sooooo much about the DUMBEST things that I don't even understand. The story was good but I just didn't like how they put so much random talking about stuff. Like for example one of them is how a spy tells about 3 quarters of a page just talking about th...more
Going into this book, I was expecting something rather Alex Rider-esque. After all, this book was described as a thrilling spy novel, and in my opinion Alex Rider is one of the best spy novels I have read. The book was not at all thrilling, as for neither Q or Angela do much for the majority of the book. It seems as if Q and Angela were being ordered around by adults for the entire book, only doing something themselves a few times.

To begin with, during the book, Q tells Angela that he was someti...more
Gabriel Itzhaki
Independence Hall by Roland Smith is an exciting adventure book that keeps you on your feet, wondering the whole way through. The book is told from the eyes of Quest, a 13-year-old boy who lives on a sailboat in Sausalito, California. Recently, Quest’s mom, Blaze, falls in love with a songwriter named Rodger. Rodger lives in a loft in San Francisco, only a few miles away from Quest and his mother. When Blaze and Rodger fall in love, they start a rock band called Match.

Rodger also has a daughter...more
Paige Y.
I like Roland Smith and I liked the premise of the book. I just found it a little disjointed and confusing in spots. Usually Smith's books demand all of my attention because I just have to know what happens next. This one I could put down and go do other things. I hope I'll enjoy the next installment more.
Alexander S.
1. Sum It Up: Roland Smith's young adult novel, I.Q.:Independence Hall, takes places near Portland, Oregon, where the two main characters Q(whose real name is Quest) and Angela, his stepsister reside. Before Q and Angela had met, Angela's dad, and Q's mom had married and had a wedding in San Francisco. Shortly afterwards, Q's mom and new step-dad, both being musicians and music lovers in the same band that they named "Match", set off for an entire year on tour. Q and Angela are forced to tag alo...more
If Roland Smith hadn't come to my Jr. High School when I was in the 7th grade, I probably never would have found this book. He came and talked to us about this book and Peak. I didn't even know who the guy was and I sure hadn't heard of his books. (I wasn't exactly the book nerd back then that I am now.) I was instantly intrigued by this Quest character Smith was telling us about. Quickly, I decided to use my lunch money as a donation to Smith and bought an autographed copy of the book. I starte...more
Drew Barth
Mrs. Bengs


Roland Smith’s book Independence hall, the first book in the I.Q. series, was about a thirteen year-old boy name quest, Q for short. This book is an action packed thriller. Q’s mom is getting remarried and going on tour with her new husband for being a breakthrough pop singer. Q is in the presence of a family that he belongs to; this has been several years since this has happened to him. His new dad and sister are named Rodger and Angela. Soon into t...more
Quinton R
When Q's mother married Roger Tucker, he thought that life would become somewhat normal with his stepsister Angela (despite having parents that were incredibly famous musicians) until he meets a strange old roadie named Boone. He later finds out that Boone is a spy working off the books with a secret team of "old spooks" and that Angela's supposedly deceased mother could possible still be alive. He is then thrust into an adventure where death could be around any corner and where terrorists could...more
I would give this book a 2/5. I am not saying that the way of writing was bad. Actually, that was the main thing I especially liked about this novel. The author, Roland Smith, has a great way with dialog and bring the characters in unison with the plot. The only thing that was bugging me was that it was kind of offensive to the Mossad and the other agencies in general. It even was a little offensive to Muslims. However, this book had great suspense at points and it was a fast page turner. I woul...more
It was a really good book. I got sick today, so all I did really was read. I finished this book and it ROCKED!!! Can't wait for the next one!! =]

It's ok. I never finished reading it as it is a little bit tedious, but the plot is fascinating and the characters are great,
I didn't really like this book because it was boring and it didn't interest me as much as most books do.
Zach P
Independence Hall is the first in a five book series (so far.) And I must say that the first book is a great one. This book is definitely a thriller! IQ is a fun fast paced spy thriller set in the life of Q, the son of two famous country singers. For all those who like thrillers/mysteries/action this is the book for you, from the dangerous encounters with terrorists, to the secrets of the government. Independence Hall was a quick read and one that I would recommend to everyone. I can't wait to r...more
Paula  from Reading Lark
Zach's Lie/ Jack's Run, only better. :)
Jun 10, 2009 Cassie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i am reading this book now!!!!!
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Roland Smith is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.
Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University and, following a part-time job at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. After working to save wildlife following the E...more
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