Mapping the Bones Read Online Free - 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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April 15, 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 closely, or even didn't...
February 25, 2018
Mapping The Bones
Ah, back to 1942 and World War 2. It's been three weeks since my last historical fiction novel set in this period. It's with a heavy heart that I recommend this book. I don't want these things to have happened and yet here we are. We see the true suffering of all the victims of t...
March 26, 2018
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 houses made of candy.
March 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.
March 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 survive the tragic...
March 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.
Beautifully written, c...
February 18, 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 Jewish ghetto. From a...
April 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 and communi...
March 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 stick-figure...
December 15, 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 look out for new...