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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.
Paperback, 231 pages
Published on July 6, 2006 by Speak
ISBN-10: 0142405965
ISBN-13: 9780142405963
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  • carnagein_cccp
    carnagein_cccpWednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm44 stars
    I have not read this, but I am quite knowledgeable about the Second World War. The Americans realized that their messages were being intercepted by the Imperial Japanese Forces, and like any person would do, they made a code. They decided to use the language of the Navajo to get messages and important commands across the battlefield without being found out. The Americans were not fluent, mixing English in with the words. So, they let Navajo do all of the talking, letting them gain victory. They are mostly associated with the Battle of Iwo Jima now. In Florida, there is a monument to the Navajo Code Talkers. This book is a somewhat grim reminder that we should not look down on others.
    • killerdiva
      killerdivaFriday, December 18, 2015 at 8:22 am
      this book is really interesting it shows you your real history
      • jlarobardier
        Mrs. LaRobardierMonday, December 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm
        This is a great book that really explains the plight of the Navajo soldiers in WWII. It is a must read!
        • edmodo-7wnk5qstmr
          edmodo-7wnk5qstmrWednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm55 stars
          Right now I am currently reading this book. It is about a 16 year old who wants to join the war, and claims that he is old enough for the war. He becomes a code talker, which is his place in the war. He uses his Navajo language as a code. I am continuing to read the book and so far its getting better and better! I recommend for you to read this book!
          • quilana00
            quilana00Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:50 am55 stars
            this book is inspiring and i wish that they would treat them nicer because they are the ones who helped us win the war

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