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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March 17, 2005
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0803729219
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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.

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This is a book based on the real life story of how Navajo used their own language and a code they invented to confuse the Japanese and Germans during world war 2. The tragedy of it is how badly the rest of America treated these heroes who did so much to help the war effort.
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Have you ever read a book so great that you felt like you are actually their. Code Talker is one of those books. Code Talker is great book to read. First, I think this book is suspenseful. I think it’s suspenseful because in the book the two brave main characters are in a battlefield and they are hiding from the enemies, and you think there going to get caught but they don’t. Next, I also think this book is really interesting because it tells you all about the World war 1 and how it began and who won the war. Finally, the book Code Talker won a Caudill award for 2008. This fantastic book has also sold over 3 million copies since it was published. That’s why code
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some of the good points of this book are they tell you alot about World War one and how it started. it also tells how it was like back then and how fighting changed today
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The book Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac is a great book. It beautifully illustrates the life of a Navajo man during World War Two. It starts off with the boy being taken away from his mother and father and sent to a mission school. One that was run by the white people. There they had their hair cut, an insult to their people and were given new names. His name is Ned Begay, the smallest of the Navajo boys. They were all taught to forget their Navajo ways and learn english. He stayed there until war broke out. He was 17 and lied his way into the army, because they did not have birth certificates. Finally he is shipped off to war, and suddenly the government needs him for a secret mission, something only the Navajos could do. This book was exciting from beginning to end, with great detail about the war and the sacrifice of American soldiers, Navajo or other, in order to protect our freedoms. This is an inspirational book about the greatest generations sacrifices in World War Two.
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