Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

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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.

About Joseph Bruchac

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Joseph Bruchac is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, many of which draw on aspects of his Native American heritage.
Published March 17, 2005 by Dial. 240 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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There, “anything that belonged to the Navajo way was bad, and our Navajo language was the worst.” However, in one of the greatest ironies in American history, when WWII broke out, Navajos—victims of the US Army effort to destroy them in the 1860s and the harshness of the mission schools in the 20...

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