Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a WWII story based on real events, and an action novel that young men will enjoy. This is the story of how the Navajo men were trained to be code-talkers for the Marines, to keep the Japanese from learning the plans of the US military. It also tells the tale of Navajo Indians who were told to NEVER speak their native language, and to forget their Indian ways, no matter how painful it was for them. And yet, once the government saw how much they could help the cause of the Allies, they were trained as Marines and were allowed to be themselves. There is a lot of action in this book, with some graphic battle scenes. The author, Joseph Bruchac, a Native American, has crafted a very good war story, as well as a tribute to those Navajo Indians who sacrificed much to help our country in time of need.
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