Operation Redwood

Operation Redwood

by S. Terrell French

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Overview

Clandestine e-mail exchanges, secret trips, fake press releases, and a tree-house standoff are among the clever stunts and pranks the kid heroes pull in this exciting ecological adventure.

“Sibley Carter is a moron and a world-class jerk,” reads Julian Carter-Li in an angry e-mail message meant for his greedy, high-powered uncle. The fateful message sets him on the course to stop an environmental crime! His uncle's company plans to cut down some of the oldest California redwood trees, and it's up to Julian and a ragtag group of friends to figure out a way to stop them. This thrilling, thoughtful debut novel shows the power of determined individuals, no matter what their age, to stand up to wrongdoing.

John and Patricia Beatty Award
(California Library Association)
National Green Earth Book Award


National Outdoor Book Award honorable mention

Carol D. Reiser Book Award


“Fast paced and full of fun . . . Reminds readers that everyone, no matter how large or small, can take action on issues that are important to them.” —School Library Journal

“One of the finest children's novels of the year . . . A true emotional journey full of adventure, friendship, complex morality, trust, lies, and discovery.” —A Fuse #8 Production



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810997202
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 138,795
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

S. Terrell French once spent two months as a Forest Service volunteer in Alaska. Now she is an environmental lawyer who lives with her family in San Francisco. Operation Redwood is her first novel, and has won several awards. Find out more at www.operationredwood.com.

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Operation Redwood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with the detail and description the author provided through out the book. I recommend it for all readers ages 8- 13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me long for a sequel.
bedda25 More than 1 year ago
very good book.
Clare99CO More than 1 year ago
Operation Redwood The fictional novel Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French was an uplifting story set in current day California. The story begins when Julian, the main character, gets sent home to his Uncle Sibley's office from school because he is sick. While at Sibley's office, he intercepts an email about how his aunt and uncle, who he is staying with for the summer, are planning to send him away to math camp. He also opens an email from a girl named Robin who is furious at Sibley for cutting down all of the Redwood trees in her next door neighbor's yard. Julian sends the email to his friend Danny, and then deletes it. Later, Danny and Julian get in touch with Robin, who is an eleven year old girl that is homes schooled and lives next door to a place called Big Tree Grove, where Sibley is planning to cut down all of the Redwoods. Julian, Robin, and Danny form a plan that involves Julian running away to Robin's house instead of going to math camp. While at Big Tree Grove, Julian falls in love with the land and can not wait to protest against his uncle cutting down all of the beautiful trees. Then Julian gets taken away suddenly from Robin and her family by his Aunt Daphne. While home at Sibley and Daphne's house, Julian is tortured so his Chinese grandmother, Popo, takes him away from them. After, he receivers another email from Robin, who is inviting Julian, Danny, and her old friend Arial back up to her house to protest in a tree house right in the middle of Big Tree Grove. The book ends with a suspenseful secret about Julian's family. There were many positives about the book, and very few negatives. One positive is Julian's character because he's curious, amusing, and has an interesting life. Another positive is the ending of the book because it's cheerful, but also mysterious. A final positive was the friendship between Julian and Robin, even though they are a boy and a girl. One negative about the book was that Aunt Daphne and Uncle Sibley were so mean, and just did not have good personalities. A second negative was that the book was not very descriptive; it was more about the actual plot. A last negative was that Julian had a pretty sad life story, with his father dying when he was a small child, and his aunt and uncle hating him so much. The author did an excellent job with making sure the book had mostly positives, and very few negatives. The author, S. Terrell French, had a very interesting writing style. The story sounds like a child wrote it, even though it was written in the third person, where the author tells the story. For example, "But as he'd sat, staring at the python tattoo that snaked its way up the fat pink neck of the taxi driver, it had occurred to Julian that he'd just gotten into a car with a stranger and was completely at his mercy." S. Terrell French also uses very descriptive words, such as disarray and tirade. Lastly, the author uses the five senses frequently, like when Julian said that he could almost taste the sweet water that the girls were drinking. S. Terrell French's writing style is entertaining and easy to read. I would highly recommend Operation Redwood. One reason I would recommend this novel is because lots of kids of all ages can relate to it. There is some action, some drama, and a few laughs along the way. I think boys and girls especially between the ages of 9 and 12 would enjoy this novel, as well as people who love adventure because there is a tremendous amount of adventure in
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In OPERATION REDWOOD, four young kids take on big business to save a forest full of giant redwood trees. Debut author S. Terrell French has written an adventure filled with creative ideas, spunky ambition, and a love of the environment. Julian Carter-Li is staying with his uncle and aunt while his mother travels to China to photograph Buddhist temples. Things are not going well. Julian doesn't seem to be able to do anything according to the strict rules his aunt has established, and his uncle seems constantly disappointed in him. In fact, while alone in his uncle's fancy office, Julian stumbles across an extremely insulting email. It appears that his uncle believes Julian is unruly and "sullen" just like his late father. Julian can't believe what he is reading. Another email that attracts Julian's attention is from a young girl complaining that IPX, his uncle's company, is planning to destroy an area of redwood forest known as Big Tree Grove. Although he has never met this girl named Robin, Julian can relate to her anger that a huge company like IPX, that already has more money than he can imagine, would want to destroy something as important and historical as the redwoods just to make more money selling lumber. Julian keeps the emails he reads a secret until he hears his aunt's plans to send him off to Math Camp for the summer. He appeals to his friend, Danny, for help. When he tells Danny about the emails, Danny begins to concoct a plan that would keep Julian from spending his summer doing math calculations and instead possibly saving the redwoods. What follows is a daring adventure. Julian and Danny scheme to get Julian out of the city and off to Big Tree Grove where he can help Robin protect her old-growth forest. They may be just a few young kids, but they have big ideas. Even when their plans seem to be wrecked by Julian's annoying and interfering aunt, they manage to use creativity and determination to keep their eye on the goal. OPERATION REDWOOD provides excellent reinforcement for conservation lessons and the importance of preserving our natural habitats. It would work for readers in the 8-13 age group for independent reading or as a great classroom read-aloud.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dumped with his snively aunt and uncle while his widowed mother travels to China, 12-year-old Julian Carter-Li¿s life changes the day he intercepts an angry email meant for his CEO uncle. In the email, a girl named Robin Elder accuses Sibley Carter of destroying precious redwood trees just to get more money. As Julian and Robin write back and forth, they realize that it might be up to them to save the redwoods. But what can their odd group of friends do against money-seeking adults?This is, simply put, the best middle-grade novel I have read in a long time. A winsome cast of varied characters, excellent writing, and an urgent but not proselytistic theme make this a book I would be an evangelist for.S. Terrell French writes like J. K. Rowling¿and no, I am not exaggerating when I make that comparison. The third-person narration from Julian¿s point of view is wonderfully engaging and moving. Compared to his friends, Julian is really quiet, but it¿s his dedication to the environmental cause in the face of his introversion that make him endearing. He is an unusual yet much-desired protagonist: quietly observant but not in an annoyingly self-pitying way, old enough to act on his own, young enough to have recognizable naivetes and limitations, and half-Asian. MG and YA literature needs more characters like him.The other characters in the book are, of course, fantastic also. Julian¿s best friend, Danny Lopez, is a laugh-out-loud force of his own, and certainly reminds me of my crazily outgoing and selfless middle school classmates. Robin¿s a bit more difficult to define, but in the end both she and her friend Ariel are realistic, poised at the edges of the pages, ready to jump out and start chattering away right next to you. And it says a lot that the adults in OPERATION REDWOOD can be believable also, no matter how horrible some of them might be.I also would like to point out how much I appreciated the diverse characters. Julian¿s mixed race is a solid part of his identity without overwhelming the story. Indeed, if you fixate on his race in the story, then you have company in his nasty aunt Daphne, who is one of those characters that makes you really really hate them but be amazed that the author could write such a hateful character so well at the same time.There¿s nothing bad I have to say about this novel. It¿s an easy must-read for all ages, both for its rarity of being an excellent middle-grade novel and its inspirational environmentalist themes. Find it and give it a try!
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julian Carter Li is miserable. While is mother is in China taking pictures of Buddhist Temples for a grant she was awarded, he is stuck with his rich aunt and uncle. All the money in the world doesn't matter if the people who have it are terrible. Julian can't seem to do anything right. To try and improve his behavior his aunt decides to set up a point system that rewards good behavior. Unfortunately for Julian, no matter how hard he tries his points keep going backwards and now they are in the negatives. While sick he is stuck at his uncles office and begins snooping around. He finds an email that was unopened and reads it. It is from someone named Robin who is upset because his uncle is going to clear-cut the redwoods in Big Tree Grove. Julian and his best friends write back in answer and find out the sender is a girl about their age. Together they hatch a plan to help save the redwoods. This book is great for getting kids to look at the larger issues in the world today. It shows them that no matter how young they are they can still take steps to help protect the world they will one day inherit. I am excited to share this book with my students.
lcherylc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco, Julian Carter-Li is sick and forced to spend time at his mean Uncle Sibley¿s office. While in his office, he intercepts an email message from Robin, an 11-year old in Mendocino County, who berates Uncle Sibley, the CEO for a Real Estate investment firm, for being a ¿moron and a world-class jerk¿ for cutting the redwood trees in Big Tree Grove. Julian decides to correspond with Robin and concoct a plan to save the redwood trees called Operation Redwood. This 346-page book is an excellent read for Palo Alto 4-6th graders. I love that the book is set in beautiful Northern California and that it has an eco-friendly message. Local kids will be able to relate to the story because it deals with corporate versus environmental mentality. One of the best books I¿ve read this year!
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She lies down on a branch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book! It was about people trying to save trees!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Erin and Margot) Awesome book. Really enjoy it. Suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book and it is awesome!It has alot of action in it!
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Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Julian Carter-Li has no idea that adventure will soon find him. All he knows is that his mother is on a grant-paid trip to China that should enhance her career as a photograph, while she's gone he has to stay with his mean-spirited aunt and uncle since no one else is available to take care of him, and he may have to spend his entire summer shuttling from one undesirable camp after another. He is resigned to his fate until he inadvertently reads an email intended for his uncle that launches a relationship with a girl named Robin who lives on a farm in California's redwood country. Before he knows it, Julian is working against his uncle's company to save a grove of old-growth redwood trees from the saw, and he's taking extreme for him measures to get the attention of anyone who may have the power to save the trees. All while learning about farm life and personal responsibility. Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French combines eco-adventure with common childhood fantasies: to live in a tree house far above the rest of the world and to make grown-ups pay attention to what a kid has to say. While there's no doubt the story take a pro-environment stance, it's not preachy in getting a message across. Instead we see Julian, Robin and their friends Danny and Ariel learn how they can make a difference to something they feel is very important. And though the ending may have a touch of the stuff of fairy tales, I found Operation Redwood a delightful and fun adventure to read. I recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls nine to twelve.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't my absolute favorite