Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Joseph Bruchac: 'Code Talker'

Straight off the Amazon page for this book:

"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. 

 An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
"Nonsensational and accurate, Bruchac's tale is quietly inspiring..."—School Library Journal Adam, this is a great book and a great, great story that would be well worth your time.

All of the code talkers have passed away, but their stories are available on YouTube, and you can check them out Here's a piece that is nicely done even if it has King Bush II narrating the story.

Here's a Navajo vocabulary quiz you can try after you read the book.

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