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


Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. Now 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. His grueling journey is eye opening and inspiring. 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.

"Nonsensational and accurate, Bruchac's tale is quietly inspiring..." - School Library Journal

  •  ISBN-13: 978-0-142405-96-3
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Format: Softcover
  • Trim: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Page count: 237 pages
  • Published by Speak in 2006
  • Written by Joseph Bruchac
  • Audience: Children 10+ (910L)
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