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

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

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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



Author: Joseph Bruchac
Publisher: Speak
Published: 07/06/2006
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.54lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.40w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780142405963
Age Range: 12-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.4
Point Value: 9
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 85819 / Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Award: Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award - Nominee
Award: Sequoyah Book Awards - Nominee

About the Author
Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola.
He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief.
For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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