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Operation Redwood Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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Let's say you're sick and your uncle Sibley Carter (with whom you've been staying while your mom works in China) has left you in his office for hours and hours. You are Julian Carter-Li and after your nap you're bored. You sit in your uncle's chair and there, right before your eyes, is an email in his in-box with your name on it. And after that? A message with the subject of "Sibley Carter is a moron and a world-class jerk." It has begun.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
-- Wallace Stegner, 1961
"The computer beeped. Julian glanced at the screen, and saw a message so astonishing that he sprayed ginger ale out his nose and all across his uncle's computer screen.
"The subject of the newest e-mail read: 'SIBLEY CARTER IS A MORON AND A WORLD CLASS JERK!!!'"
Susannah T. French, environmental lawyer-turned-first-time children's book author and Left Coast member of the "Class of 2K9," cites Elaine Konigsburg and Jean Craighead George amongst her own childhood reading influences. In OPERATION REDWOOD -- which takes place in my neck of the woods -- French employs the cleverness of Konigsburg and the reverence of George in a hijinx-laden activist tale of two boys and a girl who plot to protect a privately-owned grove of old growth redwoods from being clear cut by a corporation.
"'Today, experts estimate that about 4 percent of the original redwood forest remains.'
"Julian frowned. He pictured ninety-six giant trunks lying on the forest floor and only four trees left standing. That couldn't be right."
Julian Carter-Li has been having a truly miserable time of things since his mother departed San Francisco on her grant-underwritten photography trip to China.Read more ›
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Julian Carter-Li's uncle Sibley is a high-powered executive at a company. When Julian accidently reads an email sent to his uncle by a girl named Robin, he discovers Sibley's plan... Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Black Plum
Operation Redwood is a book about a twelve year old boy named Juilian with a rich uncle whom he is forced to live with. Read morePublished on May 31, 2012
Wonderful book. It was a little slow but the plot was just pure GENIUS. Ever since I read it I couldn't hear the song Lean On Me without thinking of this book. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by minni