Code Talker

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Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
Author: Bruchac, Joseph
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1942-1954
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: WWII, Navajo Nation, Indigenous Americans
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade
Format: Novel
Published: 2006

American History > Modern Age > WWII > Indigenous American History

"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.

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