In 1942 in Poland, the twins Chaim and Gittel find their world coming apart. Evil witches, forbidden forests and dangerous ovens are looming in their future.
Through the darkness, their is light, and the twins find it in Chaim's poetry and their own bond and love. The words in the poetry become a light in the memory for the future generations of Holocaust survivors.
Fill with brutality and despair, the story is also of strength, in which a brother and sister lose everything but each other. Yolen's WWII depiction captivates her readers with her authentic and powerful use of words.