The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their beautiful home and made to live in the Lodz Ghetto. Their family's cramped quarters are awful, but when even those dire circumstances become too dangerous, their parents decide to make for the nearby Lagiewniki Forest, where partisan fighters are trying to shepherd Jews to freedom in Russia. The partisans take Chaim and Gittel, with promises that their parents will catch up -- but soon, everything goes wrong. Their small band of fighters is caught and killed. Chaim, Gittel, and their two friends are left alive, only to be sent off to Sobanek concentration camp.Chaim is quiet, a poet, and the twins often communicate through wordless exchanges of shared looks and their own invented sign language. But when they reach Sobanek, with its squalid conditions, rampant disease, and a building with a belching chimney that everyone is scared to so much as look at, the bond between Chaim and Gittel, once a source of strength, becomes a burden. For there is a doctor there looking to experiment on twins, and what he has in store for them is a horror they dare not imagine....
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Mapping the Bones Reviews
I know exactly who the doctor is and his horrific experiments, too - which is going to make this an even harder read. It looks like this is going to be a loooooong book and I'm probably going to sob like a baby at the end of it.
First I’d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from.
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I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it’s just very upsetting for me) but decided to give this one a chance and I’m really happy that I did. Jane Yolen did such an amazing job writing this book and creating the world this story lives in. It brings more understanding and sheds more light on what actually happe ...more
Moved to the Lodz Ghetto in 1942, Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins are led to a nearby forest by their parents when they learn they are on the list for imminent transport. Their parents pass them off to Polish partisans and like the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel, the twins must learn to survive partly by knowing who to trust and who not. Interwoven into the narrative are poems by Chaim that in their simplicity convey a complexity of ideas and Gittel's remembrances of the time which give perspectiv ...more
A gripping retelling of Hansel and Gretel
Hanging on the armature of the old Hans Christian Anderson tale, Hansel and Gretel comes Mapping the Bones.
The story is set in WWII Poland and follows the tense lives led by Jewish twins durning the war. We see their slow starvation, their escape into the woods, their parents making the hard choice to send them off. We see their imprisonment and near-death encounter as they are surrounded by death and pain.
Gripping from start to finish, Mapping the Bon ...more
I enjoyed this Holocaust YA read. While not as compelling as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak,I would certainly recommend Mapping the Bones. Although written for the young adult audience this book should also appeal to adults who enjoy historical fiction.
This is quite different than what o kory read, but it was still very powerful.
It was heartbreaking. The characters went through so much during the course of the story. They grew, developed. The writing was good, the poems were well written.
Overall, great story. Extremely sad. 5/5 stars. Would recommend. Would read again.
Yolen, Jane Mapping the Bones, 432 pages. Philomel, 2018. $18. Language: PG (20 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (Nazi brutality).
Gittel and her twin brother Chaim are living a poor but loving existence in a Jewish ghetto when another family of four is forced into sharing their meager rooms. As the Nazi controls tighten, and the new father disappears, their parents lead all of them out into the woods and send the children off with partisans to hopefully escape. Alas, the childr ...more
3.5 stars // This is my second book this week about young Jews fighting to survive during WWII. And I must say, Mapping the Bones is soooo much better than Orphan Monster Spy .
1) Chaim and Gittel (aka Hansel and Gretel). These twins complete each other: Gittel is Chaim's voice and strength; Chaim is Gittel's conscience and hope. You will have no trouble falling in love with their tender, effortless dynamic.
“Someday we will remember this, and tell our children, and my little ones wi ...more