Mapping the Bones

Mapping the Bones

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 pa The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their beautiful home and made to live in the Lodz G...

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Title:Mapping the Bones
Author:Jane Yolen
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0399257780
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:421 pages pages

Mapping the Bones Reviews

  • Abbie
    May 03, 2018
    Read my review at Bookish Adventures. ...
  • Martha Schwalbe
    Jun 07, 2018
    Is it coincidental that I am reading and hearing so much about Polish Resistance fighters during WWII? I knew about the German resistance fighters but not so much about the Polish fighters. This past year I've read books, papers, and heard lectures on the topic of these fighters. The ...
  • Katie
    Aug 09, 2018
    A retelling of Hansel & Gretel through the Nazi occupation of Poland. I love this author. How has it taken this long for me to find her? She's prolific & well known...how has she never shown on my radar? ...
  • Reba
    May 21, 2018
    This book had a clever premise, to use the folk tale of Hansel and Gretel to tell the story of 2 Jewish children, Chaim and Gittel. Chaim and Gittel were wonderful characters, but the folk tale device didn't always work. The depictions of what life was like for Polish Jewish children i...
  • Katie
    Mar 26, 2018
    3.5 Not as good as The Devil's Arithmetic, but what is? I DID like that this was about the overall experience about the Holocaust, not solely set in a concentration camp. The Hansel and Gretel parallels didn't work. Mostly I was just confused when they started talking about house...
  • Alicia
    Jun 03, 2018
    This meaty WWII story that is a retelling of the Hansel and Gretel tale with Chaim and Gittel, twins who are taken to the labor camps in 1942 and the horrific abuse they endured especially being young twins at the hands of an evil doctor. The beauty of the book is Chaim's poetry an...
  • Kirsten
    Aug 11, 2018
    I love Jane Yolen?s beautiful writing. With echoes of Hansel & Gretel, this heartbreaking YA novel provides an important introduction to the Jewish ghettos, desperate escape attempts into the forest with the help of partisans, forced labor camps, and children working in munitions...
  • Kathy
    May 31, 2018
    Twins Gittle and near-silent Chaim escape the Lodz ghetto in Poland in 1942, hiding first in a forest with Polish partisans only to be sold to a work camp where their twinship makes them subject to the experimentation of a mad doctor. Masterful use of fairy tale motifs that enhance ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 13, 2018
    Love Yolen, need more Holocaust books, but this one was just a bit too long for my collection. May recommend that the one or two readers a year who are avid Holocaust book readers get it from the public library, but I don't think I will purchase for my middle school library. Beautif...
  • Katie
    Sep 22, 2018
    A beautiful and intense story, but with much sadness embedded, as you can well imagine with a Holocaust novel. Jane Yolen is amazing--I highly recommend her newest title! ...
  • Meag McKeron
    Aug 03, 2018
    This story isn't for the faint of heart, but no well-written Holocaust story should be. Mapping the Bones will leave you completely drained, as it is very bleak from beginning to end. What kept me going were the characters, particularly Chaim and Gittel - their relationship is really p...
  • Anna
    Jan 07, 2018
    Won from a Goodreads' giveaway The characters may be fictional, but the events this heart wrenching story are based on are anything but fictional. Mapping the Bones follows a teenage boy Chaim, and his twin sister Gittel, after the Nazis have forced them from their home into a Je...
  • Diana Thomsen
    May 21, 2018
    I'll be up-front about this. I don't read books about the Holocaust. Or about war. I don't like them. They make me sick. I end up depressed and angry that people can be so horrible to each other. So when this book showed up on my request list and I realized what it was, I was confus...
  • Erikka
    Jun 27, 2018
    Two children live in a small house with their parents. They find themselves in a dark and foreboding woods, lost and cold. One day, they stumble upon a house of candy, filled with promises...and danger. "Hansel and Gretel" takes on a new spin in this third phenomenal and heartbreaking ...
  • Amy
    Dec 12, 2017
    Many thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Random House for an advanced Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I was drawn to this tale of two children (Gittel and Chaim) during the Holocaust for a few reasons. 1-All of my students INHALE Holocaust books, so I like to keep a...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Mar 20, 2018
    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 ...
  • Suz Thackston
    Jun 22, 2018
    Oof. This was a tough read. I love Jane Yolen and was excited to get this copy (signed by the author) but it's no fairy tale. Not that any Holocaust book should be. It's beautifully written, in simple prose that puts you right there, with the protagonists. It's not melodramatic or he...
  • Lara
    Mar 29, 2018
    This is a good book, but not an easy one. Just remember, when you're blinking back tears in parts--this is "Hansel and Gretel". Gretel will always shove the witch into the oven. ...
  • Lois R. Gross
    Mar 23, 2018
    "Sometimes I'm asked "Is it true"? And then they add, "How can it possibly be true? None of you wrote it down at the time." As if no one is ever brutalized in a war. As if the Nazis handed us a pen and paper to take notes. As if the photographs of the ovens and the chimneys, the few st...
  • Colleen
    Apr 08, 2018
    Historical fiction (WWII) set to the German fairy tale and of Hansel and Gretal. Twins, Chaim and Gittel, are jews that live in the Polish Ghetto in 1942. They share a small apartment with their parents and a doctor and his wife and two children, Bruno and Sophie. When the time comes a...
  • Collette
    Apr 01, 2018
    Remembering how much I loved "The Devil's Arithmetic" as a young girl, it is no surprise that I was taken by Jane Yolen's latest. From the moment I picked up "Mapping the Bones", I was immersed in a well-layered tale of loss, struggle, hope, humanity, and the unshakable bond of family ...
  • -Vincie-W-
    Apr 19, 2018
    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 . Reasons: 1) Chaim and Gittel (aka Hansel and Gretel). These twins complete each other: Gittel is Chai...
  • Ann Dague
    Mar 23, 2018
    Not my favorite Yolen novel, but still interesting. I really liked how the novel told the story, but also had little excepts from one of the main characters looking back on events as an adult. It gave a little relief knowing that at least one of the main characters was going to sur...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    May 29, 2018
    Early in their journey trying to escape the fearful Nazis, Chaim and his twin, Gittel, are separated from their parents. They don?t know what has happened to them, but they do know that now they must go on without them. Something has gone terribly wrong. They travel with Sophie and h...
  • Eleonor
    Jun 01, 2018
    Jag kan inte sluta gråta. Trots helt fiktiv känns den så brutalt verklig. De är svårlästa, dessa böcker om Förintelsen. Men så länge jag lever kommer jag fortsätta läsa dem. Det är det minsta jag kan göra för alla liv förlorade. ?? ????? ?? ? Jag kan int...
  • Sarah
    Aug 18, 2018
    Mapping the Bones tells of the horrific and grueling days of children at munition camos during the Holocaust. Jane Yolen describes the daily dangers and challenges of Chaim, Bruno, Sophie, and Gittel endure so well-at times I felt sick. It truly makes you feel so grateful and makes you...
  • Lisa Rowland
    Jul 21, 2018
    I've been avoiding writing down my thoughts for this book, because I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it. On one hand, it's Jane Yolen, and it's a book about the Holocaust. I actively wanted to read this book, and I was excited about it. Yet it was a book I felt myself needing to for...
  • Carrie
    May 13, 2018
    Can I just say, what a nice touch at the end by Jane Yolen (I mean, what a nice ENTIRE BOOK by Jane Yolen, but this was a garnish) to write Gittel as a lesbian and have her adopt kids. Not an ever-present theme (is it even mentioned more than once or twice?) throughout the book, but I ...
  • Vee â™”Under Mountain Booksâ™”
    Apr 06, 2018
    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. ...
  • Kalena W
    Apr 04, 2018
    10/5 stars, this book was phenomenal. I had a theory about this book that ultimately didn't come to happen and I am so happy. This book still had a great ending though. I love how this book was loosely based on Hansel & Gretel but still was in WWll. If you didn't look close...