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Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical, military, ya

This writing is so real.
Multiple times, I felt like I needed to double check that this was really fiction - it felt so much like a transcript of an interview with a real person. I have to give credit to the quality of the writing for that.

I've saved reading Code Talker for years. It's been quite a few years since I booktalked a book that came out more than 10 years ago. But I always try to include an ownvoices book by a Native American, and this was Code Talkers year.

I loved that he went into detail about being raised Navajo, basic training, how they figured out the codes. There were multiple anecdotes I was tempted to use for my booktalk (ended up focusing on the swimming test).

Great cover (which I don't think looks dated at all) - the middle schoolers asked for this frequently.
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Reading Progress

November 21, 2017 – Started Reading
November 21, 2017 – Shelved
November 30, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 20, 2018 – Shelved as: historical
February 20, 2018 – Shelved as: military
February 20, 2018 – Shelved as: ya

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message 1: by Phoebe (new)

Phoebe I love how fiction can go in like that and open up worlds, in ways that non-fiction can’t or can’t quite. Great review! Makes me wanna try out the novel.


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