Mapping the Bones

Mapping the Bones

eBook - 2018
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The Devil's Arithmetic It's 1942 in Poland, and the world is coming to pieces. At least that's how it seems to Chaim and Gittel, twins whose lives feel like a fairy tale torn apart, with evil witches, forbidden forests, and dangerous ovens looming on the horizon. But in all darkness there is light, and the twins find it through Chaim's poetry and the love they have for each other. Like the bright flame of a Yahrzeit candle, his words become a beacon of memory so that the children and grandchildren of survivors will never forget the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. Filled with brutality and despair, this is also a story of poetry and strength, in which a brother and sister lose everything but each other. Nearly thirty years after the publication of her award-winning and bestselling -- Still Life with Buddy "In the hands of the superb Jane Yolen, folklore and fact connect in a harrowing testimony to horror and to love. Brutal, relentless, prophetic, and full of truth." --Elizabeth Wein, -- The Passion of Dolssa "(An) expansive, eloquent novel." -- -- Booklist "(A) breath-taking and heartbreaking look at the horrors of war and the lengths people go to overcome." -- -- School Library Connection
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
ISBN: 9780698175112
0698175115
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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darladoodles
Feb 22, 2018

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

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