Mapping the Bones

Mapping the Bones

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In Poland in the 1940s, the lives of twins Chaim and Gittel feel like a fairy tale torn apart as they must rely on each other to endure life in a ghetto and the horrors of a concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399257780
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Yolen
Characteristics: 417 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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In Poland in the 1940s, twins Chaim and Gittel rely on each other to endure life in a ghetto, escape through forests, and the horrors of a concentration camp.

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Feb 22, 2018

This is not a light and airy book -- it brings to mind "Night" by Eli Weisel although this particular work is historical fiction. Jane Yolen does a remarkable job of sharing the minds of twins Chaim and Gittel. Chaim is economical with the spoken word, but spins evocative poems out of the words he hears around him. My favorite portions of the book were Chaim's poems. Gittel's contributions are more analytical and she is given the honor of summing up the story for us. We see the true suffering of the children in three parts: the ghetto, the forest and the camp. Highly recommended!


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