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Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II
Code Talker A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II
Author: Joseph Bruchac
The United States is at war, and sixteen-year-old Ned Begay wants to join the cause—especially when he hears that Navajos are being specifically recruited by the Marine Corps. So he claims he's old enough to enlist, breezes his way through boot camp, and suddenly finds himself involved in a top-secret task, one that's exclusively performed ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780606349635
ISBN-10: 0606349634
Publication Date: 3/2005
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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An excellent historical novel - carefully researched and based on first person accounts. Tells of the Navajo Marines who sent coded messages in coded Navajo during WW II Pacific battles.
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This novel is an excellent introduction, for young and 'old' adults, to the true story of the Navajo code talkers of WW II. The story, if taken as written, would have made a better movie than Windtalkers, with Nicholas Cage, with its butchered outlook.

While there were a few minor problems with some historical points, something you need to overlook in any novel, there was one major error which astounded me. The author claims, through his protagonist, the second raising of the American flag over Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima was a 'staged' event. It has been proven, over and over again, the second raising was not staged.
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