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Operation Redwood

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  153 reviews
"Sibley Carter is a moron and a worldclass jerk." When Julian Carter-Li intercepts an angry e-mail message meant for his greedy, high-powered uncle, it sets him on the course to stop an environmental crime!

His uncle’s company plans to cut down some of the oldest remaining California redwood trees, and it’s up to Julian and a ragtag group of friends to figure out a way to s
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I wonder if contemporary children’s authors ever look at the writers of the past and think to themselves, “It was easier then. You could get away with so much more.” Morality, at least in retrospect, was so clear cut and uncomplicated in the books of the past. You could have a kid defeat a great big villain with relative simplicity and folks wouldn’t object at all. Or maybe not. That’s how we think of old children’s books... as simple. But when you try to sit down and think of all the realistic ...more
Brady Geary
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. The book, which is about four kids trying to save a redwood forest, is printed on recycled paper. I like how the one main bad guy has a son who is also interested in the redwoods and doesn't want his dad to cut down al the redwoods.I liked the reference to Julia Butterfly Hill, who lived in a redwood tree to save it, just like the main characters. ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 accordin
Operation Redwood follows Julian Carter-Li and his adventure to save the Redwood forests. Julian intercepts an angry email sent by Robin a girl who lives near Big Tree Grove, a forest full of Redwood trees (sent to his insensitive and greedy uncle, Sibley Carter.) Julian exchanges emails with Robin and soon he realizes the importance of the redwood trees and flees to Big Tree Grove under the guise of an exchange student. He eventually gains the trust of Robin and her family, but problems arise w ...more
Clara Liang
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the world
Recommended to Clara by: a librarian
"Operation Redwood" is definitely the best book I've ever read!!!!! It is a wonderful book with an amazing plot and interesting and entertaining characters. It's full of adventure and suspense and different exciting twists. It is hilarious and amazing and if all books were like this I would be in heaven!And the people go up in a treehouse! How cool is that? I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants a good read! Exciting and enjoyable plot, fantastic characters, and a good moral. What's not ...more
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages-including adults
Recommended to Judy by: a review
I enjoyed all the characters in Operation Redwood - it was funny and inspiring and exciting and realistic, all at the same time. The quality of the writing was beautiful - the prose was lucid and evocative, as well as emotionally truthful. I especially enjoyed the age range of the characters. This book is a classic.
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elem, story
Fuse #8 review: "one of the finest children's novels of the year."
Super fun and true to its characters in a sort of Pinkwater way, though way more grounded and less wacky. And San Francisco!
Sharon George
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. After spending many summers camping in the redwood forests in Northern California, I became a volunteer at the Visitor Center in Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County. This book is well written, gives factual information about the coastal redwoods and reminds us to protect these majestic trees for future generations,
Deena Qasim
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a great read. The characters were well written in. The children in the story are very impactful and spread a phenomenal message that deforestation is bad.
Jessie Lindsey
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A young tree-hugging me would have looooved this book.
Steph Su
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-10, debs09
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 envir
Sandra Stiles
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
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 ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I did not think I would like this book because I don't like having environmentalism cramed down my throat. BUT....I was very pleasantly surprised! Operation Redwood has a great plot and fun characters. Yes, the story is totally "environmental" but not in a superior or preachy way. The environmental theme doesn't overshadow the story but nicely co-exists with it. Also, the author's tone doesn't have the human-hating edge that often turns me off to environmentalist propaganda. Instead, the author ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Both Coel and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact on more that one occasion there were tears and lot's of resistance when it was time for me to stop reading!
It was a tangled drama set in San Francisco and the Wilits area. The characters were both young and old, rich and poor, traditional and not so much.
Just read it, even if you don't have kids to share it with!
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
My kids liked the adventure a lot, but didn't like that the author kept encouraging them to break laws if you have a strong passion about something. It was a great book to discuss why people log and also how authors can try to really push their beliefs on the reader. ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
A fun book about conservation for kids - featuring a boy main character. What's not to like here!?

Recommended for 4th - 6th grade
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A very detailed exciting book. It felt like you were in the story. When it seemed like it was over, a new problem came up like in real life with twists and turns! I reccomend it to everyone!
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was written by the sister of my midwife/nurse practitioner. If you loved Harry Potter, you'll love this's excellent and I could hardly put it down. ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book. We all enjoyed reading it.
Matthew Boyer
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I highly recommend this book. I won't say anything else because of spoilers. ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I give it a 9/10
Target age demographic:5-7 grade (10-13 years old)
May also be enjoy it: 8-11 grade (14-16 years old)
I am a 17-year-old female, so I was not the target demographic for this book, yet it still entertained me and taught me so much! I stayed up late reading this wonderful story. One of the things I love about this book is that it spreads awareness and a love for the environment without being overly scholarly or boring. Operation Redwood also provides a lot of information about enviro
Madeleine Chen
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.” In Operation Redwood, Julian, the nephew of a covetous and tyrannical businessman, is similar to the Lorax. He discovers that his uncle, Sibley Carter, is formulating plans to cut down a redwood grove, including a world-famous tree, Big Tree. Instead of using the redwoods to build something useful, he wants to use the space that the majestic trees once stood in to build resorts to become rich, similar ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Julian Carter-Li has been staying with his aunt and uncle for the past few weeks while his mother is in China. It is very clear to him that they don't want him there, though he gets along quite well with his younger cousin Preston. When Julian finds himself alone for several hours in his uncle's office, he notices first an email with his name as the subject, and then an irresistible email just below it. Although he knows he shouldn't, he can't help but read them, which is how he learns that his ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Superficially this is a great adventure story where a few kids save the ecosystem in the form of a redwood forest.
But, in order to do so the kids repeatedly use lying, cheating, manipulation, trespassing and other immoral maneuvers that are consistently disguised as ingenuity and resourcefulness. These are not the morals I’m hoping my kids will replicate and it is all so cleverly packaged - since it all works out in the end, those misbehavior are not just excused but celebrated (just get the goo
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. Julian, the main character, sees an email sent to his uncle and discovers that his uncle's company is planning to cut down a Redwood grove. It is up to Julian to save the trees. He and his friends move into a treehouse and refuse to leave. His uncle is furious. As long as the kids are up in the tree, his company can't level the grove. The local newspaper runs an article on Julian and his friends' efforts to save the trees, and others become involved. This book showed how ...more
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
There is not a single thing I didn't like about this book. Some might complain that it started off rather slow but I live for slow contemporary starts, I like getting to know every little detail about the main character and their friends. Sure some things are a little too convenient (Danny speaks Spanish but Julian doesn't speak Spanish so naturally Danny must translate often. also Julian's Chinese grandmother writes for a sizable newspaper), but who cares? This story is too fun to get wrapped u ...more
Monique Valcourt
Great way to get young kids thinking about the environment and about how they can make a change if they just have the courage. I felt like I was one of the kids. Will definitely be using this in my classroom.
Maggie  Noakes
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this twice in middleschool and absolutely loved it. It was fun, it had homeschool representation, it had environment representation, and it was a story every child wanted to be in as a kid: a tale where they lived in a treehouse and experienced ultimate victory over the enemy.

Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All laud and honor to you and the Redwoods, Ms. French!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice and it’s for my school
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