Code Talker, with starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, is a Booklist Top-10 Historical Fiction for Youth.
Although the mission school bans all that is Navajo, Ned secretly clings to his native language and culture. Proudly joining the U.S. Marines in 1943, he becomes a top-secret Navajo Code Talker. During bloody battles for Japanese islands, Ned and his brave band of code-talking brothers save thousands of lives using Navajo encryption the enemy never cracks.
©2005 Joseph Bruchac (P)2006 Recorded Books
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This was a great story about one of the many ways the Allied forces used their heads to win the war. Thank goodness the Navajo are loving, forgiving people. This is the first I have read detailed information about the code talkers.
Every American should read about and understand the important role the code talkers have played in our history. This is a beautiful and well presented story that will capture the audience's attention as well as their hearts.
Love this story. It gave me such a deep appreciation for all of our Marines in WWII, in addition to the Navajo people. The only nitpick I have is that I read the book before listening to the audio, and since it is written as a grandfather relaying his story to his grandchildren, the actor they chose to record the audio just sounded a bit too young for that role. Other than that, great read/listen.
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