A heart and mind-opening must read for children and adults alike. Powerful and well-written, experience the world of a people who, despite sorrowful experiences, stand tall and strong in answering the call to duty. The Diné rise above petty prejudice to serve as proud marines creating a code that could not be broken and prove to be indispensable in the Pacific Theater.
The author carefully treats the combat zone so that you get the idea of the horrors without the gore. This makes it a valuable resource in the classroom. So many themes to capitalize upon--integrity, pride and appreciation for the Diné and other Native American cultures, friendship, dealing with prejudice--against the enemy and against others, locus of control, family, etc. As a teacher and a parent, I highly recommend Code Talker. In fact, I will be investing in a class set; my own money, of course, because Code Talkers is so powerful in creating a space for awareness--the kind of awareness that can change paradigms forever.
AUDIO VERSION REVIEW: Code Talker is poignant to read, but Derrick Henry's recording transforms the novel into a spellbinding fireside evening at "grandfather's" knee. Thankfully, Henry must be Diné or can speak the language well enough to cause my friend, a fellow Diné to say, "He is Navajo." The authentic pronunciation of Navajo words and phrases increases appreciation for why this was America's best hope to create an unbreakable code.
If there is any book one should listen to rather than read, this is it. Actually hearing the sacred language elevates the experience of Code Talker, for it is no longer just a novel, it is now an oral history.
This is the second Code Talker Book I have read recently and I think I liked the detail in the memoir by Chester Nez a little better, but this code talker story is so I retesting and remarkable. I love this piece of WWII history. I admire the Navajo people so much- they are truly warriors. This story of Ned Begay growing up practically forced to go to Boarding school where they attempted to erase the Navajo language and culture from the minds of the Navajos. He joined the Marines at age 16 to fight for a country that had mistreated his people for many years. The Navajo Tribal Council issued a profound statement just after Pearl Harbor calling their men to fight for the US - it was moving and brought me to tears. I gained so much respect for the Navajo tribe and their culture. The story continues to describe what the code talkers did in the South Pacific throughout WWII and how they were able to turn the tide of the War and eventually defeat the Japanese.
I am a genealogist and a history lover, and I found this book immensely engrossing. Even though it is written for a younger audience, there is so much detail and food for thought, not only about the war and the jobs of the code talkers, but their experiences evoke tangents of thought regarding racism, prejudice, irony, persecution, and stereotyping, to name a few. I truly enjoyed being able to talk a walk through the eyes and experience of the young Navajo, Ned. It is a great book that I cannot wait to share with my children.
I got this for my 10 year old for a 5th grade historical fiction book report. I warned him that the beginning was supposed to be extremely slow to get through, but that then the book turns out to be awesome! Sure enough, he was complaining and whining about how boring the book was, but I made him stick with it and woohoo, paydirt, he then couldn't put it down! He thought it was great! !!!
This is an amazing novel based on the real-life Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. My daughter's 9th grade read this as a class, and she found it extremely interesting. We also watched the film Wind Talkers, but personally we both feel the book does a much better job of engaging the reader and exploring the complex relationships between the Code Talkers and their history and culture's past treatment at the hands of the government. The main character, Ned, is incredibly proud of his and his fellow Code Talkers service in defense of the US and the allied forces. It is definitely an uplifting story, but one that doesn't try to diminish the pain and difficulties faced by the troops during wartime. Highly recommend this book!
This book was extremely interesting, well written, fast paced (not frantic, but certainly never boring), and very readable. I enjoyed it so much, and I learned a lot too. It gave such a great picture of not only what the Navajos went through during World War II, but also a great glimpse into other areas of their lives. I also learned a lot about the Japanese culture at that time. It was gripping and compelling. It handled difficult subjects very well - giving a good picture of atrocities without ever being graphic or disturbing. I would highly recommend it.
I bought this for my 11-year-old son and he loved it. A lot about history a lot about growing up as a young boy and a lot about learning what it is to become a man. My son asked me if there was another book written as a sequel or something similar so we’re trying to look. I would recommend this to anyone 11 years or older. He even wrote something on it at school and the teacher was interested and he left it at school for one of the other students to read
Needed a fiction story for a high school freshman who dislikes reading. This book kept my student's interest thanks to the easy to read prose and the mix of historical accuracy and fictional characters. If you weren't familiar with the WW2 Navajo Code Talkers, this is a great introduction to their fascinating story.
My First Sargent in the Air Force was an Apache Code talker during WW2 and Korea. My favorite and best ever first shirt. He commanded respect in all he did and was a great natural leader of men. He told some of great "adventures" he contributed to in WW2 to help the United States. I do wish we could show more respect for these people, one just has to get to know them and appreciate their contributions to our world!! Great book, Enlightening to say the least!
I had a hard time putting this book down. It's an easy read about a fictional Navajo man who was chosen to be a code talker in WW II but is based on actual events. Well researched & well written, it will keep your interest from beginning to end ... and you'll learn a lot about the value of what the real Navajo code talkers offered to a country that had historically treated the Indian people poorly. I highly recommend this book.