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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.
But 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.
This is a decent historical fiction book for older kids and young teens. It is a little slow to get into. There was also a lot about Indian beliefs, but it did have some good historical facts about Indians. I felt like the war part was a bit brief. There is fighting and killing, but nothing really graphic. Over all this book is good and clean for kids and teens interested in World War II.