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Code Talker: A novel about the Navajo Marines of WWII by Joseph Bruchac

Book Summary

In WWII, "code talkers" used the Navajo language to send secret messages between soldiers in battle. This is a fictionalized account of 16-year-old Ned, and his experience as a code talker in the war.
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Code Talker

Book Review

I was very interested in this story, but the writing style seemed a bit forced. While the story deals with the pain of war and violence, the shameful treatment of Navajo children taken from their families is at least as disturbing.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • WWII
  • Being New to a Cultural Group
  • Courage; Loyalty
  • Navajo Code Talkers
  • Growing Up

Discussion Questions for this book:

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