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Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Bruchac, Joseph

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ISBN: 0142405965     ISBN-13: 9780142405963
Publisher: Speak
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 2006

Annotation: Viewed through the eyes of a 16-year-old Navajo youth, "Code Talker" is a fascinating slice of World War II history by a much-respected and acclaimed author.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Navajo language; Fiction.
Cryptography; Fiction.
Navajo code talkers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2006017627
Lexile Measure: 910
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.75" W x 0.75" (0.50 lbs) 231 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 85819
Reading Level: 6.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q36318
Reading Level: 6.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 13.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
Unconvincingly framed as reminiscence that a WWII veteran shares with his grandchildren, this novel is larded with military history, information about the Navajo code-talkers, and awkwardly set passages about the beauty and natural wisdom of Navajo life. There is no plot, characterization is generic, and while real people are part of the story, their dialogue is fictionalized and unlikely. Bib. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 May)
Gr 5 Up-In the measured tones of a Native American storyteller, 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, 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 honors 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. Nonsensational and accurate, Bruchac's tale is quietly inspiring, even for those who have seen Windtalkers, or who have read such nonfiction works as Nathan Aaseng's Navajo Code Talkers (Walker, 1992), Kenji Kawano's Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers (Northland, 1990), or Deanne Durrett's Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers (Facts On File, 1998). For those who've read none of the above, this is an eye-opener.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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