Code Talker by Jospeh Bruchac
The novel started around the time of World War Two. It is based on two Navajo Indians that signed up for the Marines. These Navajo Marines were sent away to this school and were not allowed to speak their Navajo language. If they did speak their language their mouth would be washed out with soap or they would get beat. They were taught to speak English and respect the American culture. All of their personal items were taken away and given all the same type of clothing and type of hair cut. The Americans could not pronounce their Navajo name so they gave the names of Americans that came close to their names.
One of the Navajo Marines name was Begay. After going to school for years they got sent to another school. The school was in Hawaii and at the time Begay was not old enough to join the Marines so he lied about his age and joined because he Americans did not have any records of them. The second school he went to wanted him to speak his Navajo language. At the first camp he did not forget to speak it; he would speak it to himself at night so he could not forget it. His language would be used as code talking for the war. So he was sent off on a boat to Hawaii, but he was scared because he has never been on a boat and he was sent to take classes for the war. I think that this book is good for people that like action and suspense.
~Daniel B., Class of 2010
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