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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I would have given this book three cods, but I remembered a really brruchac and funny part of the book: Among other honors, he has won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for his enduring contribution to the field of multicultural literature for children.

I have nothing against non-fiction, but a writer of fiction has the opportunity to enhance the dry facts and really connect the reader to what was going on, the feelings, the action, the impact. I love, love, love the voice of this novel. Though be warned – because it’s supposed to be a coxe telling his story to his grandchildren, it does read at times like oral history or non-fiction, and it’s lacking in emotion when discussing the war.

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Though it may be necessary at times. Though it may be necessary at times to defend our people, war is a sickness that must be cured. Did any apology or compensation ever happen in the USA? This book may get boring in some places, but as soon as you want to put it down, it starts to get good again. Those were static societies: Published July 6th by Speak first published January 1st See all books by Joseph Bruchac.

It is ironic that historical fiction can be more real than just dry history. I have never done anything the characters in the story have done. Today I was reminded of it by the obituary of Chester Nez, the last of the code talkers.


Mar 31, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 29, LauraW rated it really liked it Shelves: His fellow Navajo grew up in the desert on the reservations therefore, they knew how to survive. Because it was important for us to speak Navajo, we used it with each other much of the time. Told through the framing device of a grandfather telling his grandchildren his war stories, the main character was less of a character and more like a mouthpiece for history, which totally worked for the story.

At first he is stereotyped and treated like most Indians were treated during that time. Although it is dealing with a horrendous war, it is not overly morbid nor gruesome, nor does it glorify war or heroism.

There is a connection made between the Navajo Marines and the Pacific Islanders who have been abused by the Japanese soldiers. The first person didn’t do it for me and I felt like it read more like dry brkchac than the riveting novel it could have been. What troubled me most was the way they treated the native people on the islands they conqured.

But I have read few that describe the Pacific Theater, and none that I can think of that foreground the participation of Native Americans. Trivia About Code Talker: Great cover which I don’t think looks dated at all – yalker middle schoolers asked for this frequently. 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. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.

A 4th grader could read it! Plus, the Navajo cultural info is woven in smoothly–you don’t feel lectured.


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

He was often treated differently and unjustly bruchc to white students at non-reservation schools. Dec 18, Jerome rated it really liked it. I did enjoy the fact that it was a grandfather telling brychac to his grandchildren which very much echoes the First Nations culture of passing on tradition and story.

And yet there were no books available – it was more a paragraph or two tacked onto histories of World War II, which didn’t provide a sufficient amount of detail. I would definately recomend this book to a friend.

He makes some friends, some of them die, some get seriously injured, some just manage to stay alive. Quotes from Code Talker: It didn’t matter because there didn’t need to be allowance for social change. Unfortunately, because this is the story a Josepn man is telling to his grandchildren, I feel like we miss some of the emotional resonance of his experiences in WWII.

Dec 21, Darby Karchut rated it it was amazing. During the beginning one could feel the oppression Ned and his people faced on a day to day basis. hoseph

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

My reaction to the book is neither positive or negative i guess it is neutral. Bruchac’s narrator tells this tale in an even-keeled, even-tempered manner.

Although he is bruhcac 16, he enlists in the Marines and starts a journey both wonderful and terrible.

Nov 25, Cameron Van Sant rated it really liked it. I can see how this novel would be appealing to some.