Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

By Joseph Bruchac
"Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find."--Booklist, starred review

Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years.
But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

"Nonsensational and accurate, Bruchac's tale is quietly inspiring..."--School Library Journal



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"When WWII broke out, Navajos were recruited by the Marine Corps to use their native language to create an unbreakable code .Telling his story to his grandchildren, Ned relates his experiences in school, military training, and across the Pacific .With its multicultural themes and well-told WWII history, this will appeal to a wide audience." Kirkus Reviews"
"Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find." "Booklist," starred review "With its multicultural themes and well-told WWII history, this will appeal to a wide audience." "Kirkus Reviews," starred review "Bruchac's gentle prose presents a clear historical picture of young men in wartime, island hopping across the Pacific, waging war in the hells of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Iwo Jima. Nonsensational and accurate, Bruchac's tale is quietly inspiring..." "School Library Journal""



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Publisher Puffin Books
Publish date 07/06/2006
Pages 231
ISBN-13 9780142405963
ISBN-10 0142405965
Language English

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