Code Word Courage

Author(s): Kirby Larson
Original Publish Date: Apr 24, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.18 hours)
Product Number: Z100139301
Released: May 01, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781338306729
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Newbery Honor-winning author Kirby Larson delivers a heartwarming story of friendship, love, and courage, and the incredible contributions of Navajo Code-Talkers during WWII. Billie has lived with her great-aunt ever since her mom passed away and her dad left. Billie's big brother, Leo, is about to leave, too, for the warfront. But first, she gets one more weekend with him at the ranch. Billie's surprised when Leo brings home a fellow Marine from boot camp, Denny. She has so much to ask Leo -- about losing her best friend and trying to find their father -- but Denny, who is Navajo, or DinE, comes with something special: a gorgeous, but injured, stray dog. As Billie cares for the dog, whom they name Bear, she and Bear grow deeply attached to each other. Soon enough, it's time for Leo and Denny, a Navajo Code Talker, to ship out. Billie does her part for the war effort, but she worries whether Leo and Denny will make it home, whether she'll find a new friend, and if her father will ever come back. Can Bear help Billie -- and Denny -- find what's most important? A powerful tale about unsung heroism on the WWII battlefield and the home front.

Professional reviews

"Erin Stewart and Forrest Goodluck alternate narrating this WWII story featuring 11-year-old Billie Packer and Denny, a Marine Navajo code talker. Stewart captures Billie's spunkiness as well as the sadness she feels at her brother Leo's going off to war. Depictions of her friends, the home front, and wartime efforts add atmosphere to the story. In particular, Billie's guardian, no-nonsense Great-Aunt Doff, is one of Stewart's best creations. When Leo returns home with his friend, Denny, Goodluck's more restrained style fits his Navajo reserve. Most moving are Denny's rescue of Bear, an injured dog that Billie nurses back to health, and depictions of Bear's spirit protecting Denny on the battlefield. Only a small section focuses on the code talkers, but it's gripping to hear how their words were chosen to convey vital information and bypass enemy spies. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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