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Code Talker

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II

Age Level:
Middle Grade
Published:
2006
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Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo (Diné) 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 boy who becomes a code talker. The story of his grueling journey honors this important piece of history. Winner of the ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

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