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Author: Bruchac, Joseph
Publisher: Dial Press
Year Published: 2005
ISBN: 978-0-803729-21-6
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 9

Code Talker

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Bruchac assumes the persona of a Navajo grandfather telling his grandchildren about his World War II experiences. Protagonist Ned Begay starts with his early schooling at an Anglo boarding school (residential school), where the Navajo language is forbidden, and continues through his Marine career as a “code talker,” explaining his long silence until “de-classified” in 1969. Begay’s lifelong journey honours the Navajos and other Native Americans in the military, and fosters respect for their culture. Bruchac’s gentle prose presents a clear historical picture of young men in wartime, island hopping across the Pacific, waging war in the hells of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Iwo Jima. An excellent story, great for boys, a real page turner!

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