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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Written for the youth-lit market, but a fast and engaging read for anyone with a craving for an alternative WWII story. However, as a novel, I would probably only give it 2 stars. This book was informational and eye-opening to me. Instead of enlightening them of how they survived, they gave them the impression that they were just tougher.

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Plus, the Navajo cultural info is woven in smoothly–you don’t feel lectured. To Be Forgotten 4. There were no adventures in the book. Is pages both “teachable” and “superficial”?

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac. How could you take a story of a Navajo on a secret mission and make it dull?

In older feudal empires a number of different languages and cultures could coexist. He convinced a recruiter to enlist him while he was still in high school. He has edited a number of highly praised ioseph of contemporary poetry and fiction, including Songs from this Earth on Turtle’s Back, Breaking Silence winner of an American Book Award and Returning the Gift.


The legal system will have to undergo development in order to find justice. It was good that we could do something no one but another Navajo could do. Sure, the characterisation may not be that great at times. However, even with these serious themes, the character is interesting and his story of developing and using the code during WWII is inherently compelling. Unlike at the schools back on the reservation, we were not forced to speak only in English.

All ages, however, can enjoy and benefit reading of the courageous Navajo Code “We were proud to be Marines and even prouder of the role that we had been chosen to play. This is one aspect of World War 2 that is often ignored which I see as a form of continued racism and exclusion but I do appreciate that it is being told however many years late it is. My reaction to the book is neither positive or negative i guess it is neutral.

Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. Although the narrator is fictional, his experiences are representative of actual Navajos as they were taught and then recruited to the Marines for their important task.

War is a time out of balance. That, among many other facts presented in the novel, was very interesting to me. Bruchac was not as successful at that as he was at ju 3 stars for being informative, especially about an aspect of WWII with which I was unfamiliar. NO – The pacing. Serfs didn’t rise to the top nor did people leave their class or “assimilate” into the majority.


Code talkers used their sacred Navajo language to communicate through the battle and deliver information.

Today, April 8,I read a long article in The New Yorker on the loss of languages, the treatment of their speakers within larger cultures, and, in some quarters, the resuscitation of lost languages. 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 wh Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house tslker his maternal grandparents raised him.

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Dec 28, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: Published July 6th by Speak first published January 1st Did any apology or compensation ever happen in the USA? I did find it enlightening. This one has that. Dec 18, Jerome rated it really galker it.

But I think it could have been more entertaining. Though it may be necessary at times to defend our people, war is a sickness that must be cured.