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Code talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Mahnomen Public Library J BRU (Text) 33500009394453 Main Available -
McIntosh Public Library J BRU (Text) 33500009394438 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library J BRU (Text) 33500009394446 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0142405965
  • ISBN: 9780142405963
  • Physical Description: 231 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Speak, 2006, c2005.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-227).
Formatted Contents Note: Sent away -- Boarding school -- To be forgotten -- Progress -- High school -- Sneak attack -- Navajos wanted -- New recruits -- Blessingway -- Boot camp -- Code school -- Learning the code -- Shipping out to Hawaii -- Enemies -- Field maneuvers -- Bombardment -- First landing -- On Bougainville -- Do you have a Navajo? -- Next targets -- Guam -- Fatigue -- Pavavu -- Iwo Jima -- In sight of Suribachi -- Black beach -- Okinawa -- Bomb -- Going home -- Author's note -- Selected bibliography -- Acknowledgments.
Summary, etc.: After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2005 February #2
    /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 6-9. Six-year-old Ned Begay leaves his Navajo home for boarding school, where he learns the English language and American ways. At 16, he enlists in the U.S. Marines during World War II and is trained as a code talker, using his native language to radio battlefield information and commands in a code that was kept secret until 1969. Rooted in his Navajo consciousness and traditions even in dealing with fear, loneliness, and the horrors of the battlefield, Ned tells of his experiences in Hawaii, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. The book, addressed to Ned's grandchildren, ends with an author's note about the code talkers as well as lengthy acknowledgments and a bibliography. The narrative pulls no punches about war's brutality and never adopts an avuncular tone. Not every section of the book is riveting, but slowly the succession of scenes, impressions, and remarks build to create a solid, memorable portrayal of Ned Begay. Even when facing complex negative forces within his own country, he is able to reach into his traditional culture to find answers that work for him in a modern context. Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find. ((Reviewed February 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola.
He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief.
For more information about Joseph, please visit his website

Subject: World War, 1939-1945 Juvenile fiction
Indians of North America Southwest, New Juvenile fiction
Navajo Indians Juvenile fiction
Navajo language Juvenile fiction
United States. Marine Corps Participation, Indian Juvenile fiction
World War, 1939-1945 Fiction
United States. Marine Corps Indian troops Fiction
Indians of North America Southwest, New Fiction
Navajo Indians Fiction
Navajo code talkers Fiction
Code and cipher stories
Navajo language Fiction
Genre: Code and cipher stories.
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