Mapping the Bones

From the best-selling and award-winning author of The Devil’s Arithmetic, Jane Yolen, comes her first Holocaust novel in nearly thirty years. Influenced by Dr. Mengele’s sadistic experimentations, this story follows twins as they travel from the Lodz ghetto, to the partisans in the forest, to a horrific concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.

What reviewers have said:

  • “Jane Yolen’s Mapping the Bones is a swift and deadly drama with overtones of dark fable we all wish we could forget. But this book, a shining star held in a trembling palm, requires us to remember.” — Gregory Maguire, internationally bestselling author of Wicked
  • “Mapping the Bones is spare and beautiful and haunting. Jane Yolen has created a masterpiece.” — Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of The War That Saved My Life
  • “Master storyteller Jane Yolen has outdone herself. This is a compelling, important, necessary, and timely book that deserves the widest audience possible.” — Lesléa Newman, award-winning author of 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, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity
  • “A compassionate, unflinching, unforgettable Nazi labor camp Hansel & Gretel tale woven by America’s finest spinner of Holocaust stories for young readers.” — Julie Berry, author of the Printz Honor Book The Passion of Dolssa
  • “[An] expansive, eloquent novel.” — Publishers Weekly
  • “Yolen does a superb job of dramatizing the horrors of WWII and the Holocaust, bringing vivid fear and suspense to her captivating story. It makes for altogether memorable and essential reading.” — Booklist
  • “[A] breath-taking and heartbreaking look at the horrors of war and the lengths people go to overcome.” — Voice of Youth Advocates
  • “Fans of Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic will be engrossed in this story until the last page.” — School Library Journal
  • “[A] well-rounded story of a very difficult time that shows the resiliency of these young people.” — School Library Connection

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