Code Talker is one of my favorite books! I have not read it since middle school, so I had forgotten a lot about it. The book Code Talker is written by Joseph Bruchac. The main character, Ned Begay, is a Navajo Indian. He attends a boarding school where they force the Navajo Indians to conform to white man laws. They cut his hair, force them to follow the schools values and the Navajo language is banned. Ned, however, keeps practicing and learning more about his language behind his teachers backs.
The book is all about WWII and how they used people like Ned to help create a top secret code that was extremely hard for other military's to crack. Ned receives many medals and praise as he leads the troops in WWII.
I would use this book in my classroom for sure. While it may fit better into a social studies lesson, this book would be an awesome read-aloud to my class. I believe the plot unfolds nicely, the characters are interesting and easy to follow.
My students would really enjoy this book because it is at their level of reading, but also adds in nice vocabulary. The language and clean and appropriate for all ages. The book takes many twists and turns while maintaining a solid theme and an easy to follow plot.