Joseph Bruchac. · Rating details · 8, ratings · 1, reviews. Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac. Code Talkers Code Talker is a novel narrated by a man named Ned Begay, describing the story behind the metals he.

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

I was starting to get into military history back then, and this book was actually really good for a YA novel about war. This is really a sensitive, balanced, well researched account of the Navajos who developed a code which the Japanese were unable to crack. Dec 18, Jerome rated it really liked it.

There are some very effective parts which make a connection between the boarding school experience that Ned begins his recollections with, and the code talker program: I would recommend the book only to those who are interested in war facts or someone who is interested in history. Jan 29, Carissa rated it really liked it. Dec 28, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: YES – The author. The author, Joseph Bruchac, did an outstanding job with voice.

Published July 6th by Speak first published January 1st It is non-fiction, but the author turned the story into a masterpiece.

Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac

Talkdr for the youth-lit market, but a fast and engaging read for anyone with a craving for an alternative WWII story.

When new trailers debut, he groups his thoughts into three kinds of responses: Besides, bringing to light this story that had to remind hidden the novel also balances history by bringing to account the Japanese’s horrors by concerating on the Pacfic side of WWII. But after Pearl Harbor he wants to enlist into the Marines and does as soon as it was made possible.


As such, he can weave in bruchax that a soldier in the middle of the war wouldn’t have known, for example about the warrior code followed by the Japanese soldiers and high command. It is a good way for me to learn history, as I tend to be turned off by traditional histories.

The main character is a Navajo that is fluent in both English and the language of the Navajo’s which he calls the sacred or pure language. Actually, I’d been remembering this book that I read as though it were a memoir.

He is a special person; a Navajo. Bruchac’s narrator is an old man who tells his story to the grandchildren who have circled around him, the same way that indigenous elders have shared knowledge for generations. Refresh and try again. Did he ever almost reveal the secret to someone close to him? I liked the the book because it is in the time period and is very historically accurate. I had heard about the role the Navajo played in WWII, setting up codes using their language taalker communicate orders and plans that stymied the Japanese, but I knew codd else about their contributions.

I am not sure the author intentionally based his protagonist on the Marvel superhero, but both characters share similar flaws, including being not terribly interesting in themselves. Obviously, Bruchac has a desire to indicate how large a contribution the Navajo Marines made to the war, but I think he could have taken a lesson from Crane’s Red Badge of Courage and dug deeply into just a few representative battles. Oct 28, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Is it a scary book?


Also, the Japanese are not made into monsters, but rather sadness is expressed at a victory which is won at the cost of so many lives.

The Black Beach The Navajo language was used as a code in World War Two. There is a lot of action, many descriptions of battle scenes in the Pacific. Knowing our own language and culture could save the lives of Americans we had never met and help defeat enemies who wanted to ttalker us.

Neither sugar-coating the realities of war, nor overemphasizing the gruesome tragedies.

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

Nov 15, Tyler rated it it talkee amazing. But as far as a basic overview of Navajo experiences in the 20th century and their experiences during World War II? Instead of enlightening them of how they survived, they gave them the impression that they were just tougher. Mar 17, Pages Young Adult.

As it is, the hundred pages in the bruhac of Code Talker read like a Wikipedia article. At about pages, the book is a fairly breezy read, though it took me two weeks to work my way through it all. Their language that they were forbidden to speak, proved to make a huge contribution to the American efforts in the war.

Dec 09, Cameron added it.