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Julian Carter-Li is a 12-year-old boy fighting his uncle’s company in order to save a grove of California Redwood trees from being cut down. Intrigued by an angry email from a girl who lives near the grove, Julian with the help of his friends, sets out to stop the logging and preserve the forest. The story promotes the message no matter what age you are, big or small; you can make a difference in the world. Operation Redwood makes environmental activism highly appealing to young readers and will inspire students to take action on issues that are important to them.
Teachers could introduce the novel when studying environmental activism or use it to inspire students to act on an environmental concern in their community. Have students read the book prior to Earth Day to generate interest and discussion. Students could write a press release similar to the one in the novel.
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