Synopses & Reviews
In World War II, code making and code breaking reached a feverish peak. The fabled Enigma Cipher had been broken, and all sides were looking for a secure, reliable means of communication. Many have heard of the role of the Navajo Code Talkers, but less well-known are the Sioux Code Talkers, who used the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota dialects.
Told by the great-niece of John Bear King, who served in the First Cavalry in the Pacific Theatre as a Sioux Code Talker, this comprehensively informative title explores not only the importance of the indigenous peoples to the war, but also their culture and values. Sioux Code Talkers of World War II follows seven Sioux who put aside a long history of prejudice against their people and joined the fight against the Axis Powers. With a personal touch and a deft eye for engaging detail, author Andrea M. Page brings the Sioux story to life.
Andrea M. Page is a sixth-grade English language arts teacher and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Her interest in her great-uncle's story began in 1994 when a family member found a newspaper article about John Bear King, revealing his previously unknown World War II service. For twenty years, Page has gathered information about his experience through interviews and research. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.