Mapping the Bones

Mapping the Bones

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399257780
Branch Call Number: YA FIC YOLEN
Characteristics: 418 pages : map ; 22 cm


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The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their home and made to live in the Lodz Ghetto.Ttheir 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 ... Read More »

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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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