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

  • Andrew
    Apr 24, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

  • Reba
    May 21, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Jennifer
    May 13, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

    This is another one of those books that I got halfway through and found myself wishing I were already at the end. Maybe I shouldn't be reading YA; maybe I've read too much in this genre. Regardless, it's written pretty well (for YA, at least). It's mostly a chronology of the characters...

  • Katie
    Mar 26, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 13, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Donna Dobihal Smith
    Mar 23, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

    This is another one of those books that I got halfway through and found myself wishing I were already at the end. Maybe I shouldn't be reading YA; maybe I've read too much in this genre. Regardless, it's written pretty well (for YA, at least). It's mostly a chronology of the characters...

    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 ...

    With well-drawn characters, believable settings, and a quick-paced plot, this book, based on horrific things Nazis did to children, as put forth in the author's notes, is a page-turner. It takes you into a prison of children from their point of view and does not completely hold back in...

  • Debbie Shoulders
    Apr 14, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

    This is another one of those books that I got halfway through and found myself wishing I were already at the end. Maybe I shouldn't be reading YA; maybe I've read too much in this genre. Regardless, it's written pretty well (for YA, at least). It's mostly a chronology of the characters...

    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 ...

  • Anna
    Jan 07, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Darla
    Feb 22, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

  • Amy
    Dec 12, 2017

    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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

  • Jen Naughton
    Feb 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 t...

  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

  • Mary Tonks
    Mar 21, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

    This is another one of those books that I got halfway through and found myself wishing I were already at the end. Maybe I shouldn't be reading YA; maybe I've read too much in this genre. Regardless, it's written pretty well (for YA, at least). It's mostly a chronology of the characters...

    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 ...

    With well-drawn characters, believable settings, and a quick-paced plot, this book, based on horrific things Nazis did to children, as put forth in the author's notes, is a page-turner. It takes you into a prison of children from their point of view and does not completely hold back in...

    Great YA historical fiction Chaim and Gittel are twins growing up in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz. Life becomes more and more dangerous for their family. Soon they must make a fateful decision to leave their home. Chaim rarely speaks more than a dozen words in a day, but he composes...

    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...

    Mapping the Bones was emotional, lyrical, and while heart-wrenching, inspiring. Chaim and Gittel's story is so powerful. Through Chaim's poems, the story itself, and the "Gittel Remembers" sections, there was so much emotion and so much to take in. It just shows how amazing written wor...

    Yet another novel reminding the reader of the atrocities of the Holocaust, this one marketed for a young adult audience. Well-written, but a tired subject. When it was said to be a story of Polish twins, I actually thought it would be about Poles, and their suffering. ...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Mar 20, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Lara
    Mar 29, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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

    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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jennifer Hohenbrink
    Mar 19, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

    This is another one of those books that I got halfway through and found myself wishing I were already at the end. Maybe I shouldn't be reading YA; maybe I've read too much in this genre. Regardless, it's written pretty well (for YA, at least). It's mostly a chronology of the characters...

    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 ...

    With well-drawn characters, believable settings, and a quick-paced plot, this book, based on horrific things Nazis did to children, as put forth in the author's notes, is a page-turner. It takes you into a prison of children from their point of view and does not completely hold back in...

    Great YA historical fiction Chaim and Gittel are twins growing up in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz. Life becomes more and more dangerous for their family. Soon they must make a fateful decision to leave their home. Chaim rarely speaks more than a dozen words in a day, but he composes...

  • Collette
    Apr 01, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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

    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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Katherine Ellen
    Apr 15, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

    This is another one of those books that I got halfway through and found myself wishing I were already at the end. Maybe I shouldn't be reading YA; maybe I've read too much in this genre. Regardless, it's written pretty well (for YA, at least). It's mostly a chronology of the characters...

    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 ...

    With well-drawn characters, believable settings, and a quick-paced plot, this book, based on horrific things Nazis did to children, as put forth in the author's notes, is a page-turner. It takes you into a prison of children from their point of view and does not completely hold back in...

    Great YA historical fiction Chaim and Gittel are twins growing up in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz. Life becomes more and more dangerous for their family. Soon they must make a fateful decision to leave their home. Chaim rarely speaks more than a dozen words in a day, but he composes...

    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...

  • Megan
    Apr 14, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

    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, t...

    This is another one of those books that I got halfway through and found myself wishing I were already at the end. Maybe I shouldn't be reading YA; maybe I've read too much in this genre. Regardless, it's written pretty well (for YA, at least). It's mostly a chronology of the characters...

    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 ...

    With well-drawn characters, believable settings, and a quick-paced plot, this book, based on horrific things Nazis did to children, as put forth in the author's notes, is a page-turner. It takes you into a prison of children from their point of view and does not completely hold back in...

    Great YA historical fiction Chaim and Gittel are twins growing up in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz. Life becomes more and more dangerous for their family. Soon they must make a fateful decision to leave their home. Chaim rarely speaks more than a dozen words in a day, but he composes...

    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...

    Mapping the Bones was emotional, lyrical, and while heart-wrenching, inspiring. Chaim and Gittel's story is so powerful. Through Chaim's poems, the story itself, and the "Gittel Remembers" sections, there was so much emotion and so much to take in. It just shows how amazing written wor...

  • Rebecca
    Apr 11, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

  • Carrie
    May 13, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    Apr 06, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Tiffany
    Jan 17, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...

    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel. 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...

    First I?d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own. I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it?s just very upsetting for me) but decided to...

  • Kalena W
    Apr 04, 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 t...

    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...

  • Maddie Russell
    Apr 01, 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 t...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Told from dual perspectives, siblings, Chaim and Gittel, this is a historical retell of Hansel and Grettel with the backdrop of the Holocaust. Chaim and his family are living in a Jewish ghetto, barely getting by, ...

    Stark, bleak, and sometimes moving. This book is powerful, but not always moving. The writing sometimes got in the way. Yolen's writing was inconsistent. Sometimes the story moved quickly, other times the writing was very dry. The last 130 pages moved very quickly, but the ending was ...

    Narrated by Chaim, a quiet boy who finds solace in poetry, "Mapping the Bones" follows Polish twins, Chaim and Gittel, through life in the ghetto, a perilous escape into the surrounding forests and flight toward the Soviet border guided by partisans that ends in capture by the Nazis. P...