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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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Published July 6th by Speak first published January 1st The author, Joseph Bruchac, did an outstanding job with voice. As it is, the hundred pages in the middle of Code Talker read like a Wikipedia article. However, as a novel, I would probably only give it 2 stars. Without the proud, brave and capable Navajo code talkers, effective communication among all of the various U.

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

All in all, I really liked this book and I learned talkre lot. Great cover which I don’t think looks dated at all – the middle schoolers asked for this frequently.

For this review, I decided to borrow an idea from one of my favorite movie bloggers, Nathaniel Rogers. It is a good way for me to bruhcac history, as I tend to be turned off by traditional histories.


Mar 31, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: He grows up, learns English, and joins the army. Mar 17, Pages Young Adult. 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.

Sometimes fiction is better for revealing truth. I have to give credit to the quality of the writing for that.

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

I believe he did the true-to-life story justice, making it interesting as well as informative. Now, I must confess that I don’t like war books.

At the mission school, all the Navajos are told to forget their language, to forget everything about being Navajo. I have never done anything the characters in the story have done.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by which he has been most nourished.

It was good that we could do something no one but another Navajo could do. Practically the only permanent injury anyone sustains is PTSD, which in the case of Ned Begay–our narrator–is cured by doing an Enemyway. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York.

Marines needed a language that had never been studied or known of. Every part of this book is in complete detail, and is very specific. The righteousness Bruchax experiences after his service can be felt by the reader.


This historical fiction novel is heavy with factual information, even though the character himself is fictional.

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Did any apology or compensation ever happen in the USA? Though it may be necessary at times. This story is about a United States Marine Navajo radio operator during brucchac second world war in the south pacific.

Savannah Cochran – Code Talker 6 9 Jan 05, Oct 28, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Is it a scary book?

But these things do happen in modern societies, where people move around. Jan 29, Carissa rated it really liked it. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. There were no adventures in the book. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, brchac Native roots are the ones by wh Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him.