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Chester Nez and the unbreakable code : a Navajo code talker's story /

by Bruchac, Joseph [author.]; Amini-Holmes, Liz [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2018.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.ISBN: 9780807500071; 0807500070.Other title: Navajo code talker's story.Subject(s): Nez, Chester -- Juvenile literature | Nez, Chester | United States. Marine Corps -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Navajo code talkers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography -- Juvenile literature | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American -- Juvenile literature | World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Indian -- Juvenile literature | Marines -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Navajo Indians -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Navajo Indians | Navajo language | Navajo code talkers | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Biography & Autobiography -- Cultural Heritage | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- History -- Military & Wars | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- United States -- History -- 20th Century | Nonfiction | Biography | Personal narratives -- American | Biographies | Picture booksSummary: "As a boy, Chester Nez was taught his native language and culture were useless, but he was later called on to use his Navajo language to help create an unbreakable military code during WWII"-- Provided by publisher.
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Children's Collection Children's Biography J BIO NEZ, C. Available 39270004699967

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

As a young Navajo boy, Chester Nez had to leave the reservation and attend boarding school, where he was taught that his native language and culture were useless. But Chester refused to give up his heritage. Years later, during World War II, Chester--and other Navajo men like him--was recruited by the US Marines to use the Navajo language to create an unbreakable military code. Suddenly the language he had been told to forget was needed to fight a war. This powerful picture book biography contains backmatter including a timeline and a portion of the Navajo code, and also depicts the life of an original Navajo code talker while capturing the importance of heritage.

"As a boy, Chester Nez was taught his native language and culture were useless, but he was later called on to use his Navajo language to help create an unbreakable military code during WWII"-- Provided by publisher.

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Horn Book Review

Young Chester Nez was sent to a missionary boarding school that taught English, but he ignored his teachers by retaining his native Navajo language and culture. As a soldier in World War II, Chester became one of the original Navajo code talkers, helping to defeat the Japanese. Muted illustrations enhance the informative biography. A portion of the Navajo code is appended. Timeline. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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