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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Swordby Barry Deutsch
Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to Hereville, home of the first-ever wisecracking, adventure-loving, sword-wielding Orthodox Jewish heroine. A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, this fun, quirky graphic novel series will captivate middle-school readers with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine.
Mirka is back, and sheand#8217;s still the only sword-brandishing, monster-fighting Orthodox Jewish girl in town. Or so she thinks.
When a misguided troll aims a meteor at the witchand#8217;s house, the witch grabs hold of the closest thing possible to transform the flying, flaming rockand#151;and that would be Mirkaand#8217;s hair. The meteor is changed, all right: itand#8217;s now Mirkaand#8217;s identical twin.
Doppelganger Mirka, vowing to be a better version of the real girl, sets out to charm all of Hereville, including Mirkaand#8217;s own family. Our heroine challenges the meteor girl to a three-part contest . . . and the loser will be banished from Hereville forever!
Praise for Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite:
"Deutsch has created a wonderful world in Mirka's insulated Orthodox village and continues to capture it adroitly... Mirka is unflinchingly likable because she is so tempestuous and inexact, and really, who canand#8217;t relate to that? This truly clever series is lots of fun."
and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The color illustrations are as crisp and clear as they come. The endlessly creative panel and perspective work adds visual interest and gives experienced graphic-novel readers plenty to savor. A well-crafted addition to a truly distinctive series."
and#151;School Library Journal, starred review
"She's both a fish out of water (she dreams of being a sword-wielding dragon slayer) and committed to her Orthodox Jewish faith, family, and community. All of this makes her one of the most original and comically endearing heroines to come down the pike in a long time."
and#151;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The graphic novel format serves the quirky story well, with strong inks and a subdued palette that emphasize charactersand#8217; personalities and facial expressions as well as the taleand#8217;s action. As with Mirkaand#8217;s first adventure, this volume brings diversity and wit to comics for young teens and tweens..."
and#151;The Horn Book Magazine
"Deutsch is a masterful storyteller with both realistic kid patter and expressive cartoonsand#151;not only of Orthodox life but also of assorted trolls and other mostly benign fantasy creatures. A spunky adventure in kid-accessible truths revealed through the employment of fantasy."
2013 Sydney Taylor Award - Notable Book, Older Readers
Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel 2014 list
"Spunky Mirka wants to be a dragon-slayer, but everyone in the small Orthodox Jewish community of Hereville is against it. When a witch and a talking pig turn up in the woods near home, Mirka can't help getting involved, much to the dismay of her seven sisters, brother, and argumentative stepmother. The book brings new material to the original Web comic, completed in 2008, allowing Deutsch to make a great comic even better. His expressive, surprising drawings give life to Mirka's quest and to the unusual and genuine relationships she has with family members and magical creatures. Deutsch weaves in information about Shabbos, phrases in Yiddish (translated at the bottom of the page), illustrations of the different looks (rebel, pious, popular) girls create with the white shirts and long black skirts they wear--and all of it is lively and engaging. Fantastical elements mesh perfectly with the deep emotional heart of Mirka's story. 'I live in the family your mother made, surrounded by her children and under her roof,' Mirka's intelligent, prickly, loving stepmother tells her, in one poignant scene. This is a terrific story, told with skill and lots of heart, that readers of all ages will enjoy. Ages 8 — 12. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
The first-ever wisecracking, troll-fighting, Orthodox Jewish heroine, Mirka is a spunky, strong-willed 11-year-old girl who wants to go out and fight dragons. This charming graphic novel is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets Isaac Bashevis Singer. Full color.
High school drama! Pirates! Emotions! The Ignatz Award-winning mini-comic about a young man who has the power to turn into a boat is finally collected in never-before-seen full-color graphic novel, with brand new episodes that combine all the ANGST of being a teen with all the THRILL of being a boat!
Welcome back to Hereville, where Mirka, the worldandrsquo;s first time-traveling, monster-fighting Orthodox Jewish girl, faces her greatest challenge yet: babysitting! Mirka just wants to find new adventures, but instead sheandrsquo;s stuck babysitting her disapproving little sister, Layele. When Mirka pushes her sister into a stream, they both get in too deep with an angry magic fish. No matter how hard Mirka fights this fish-out-of-water, it gets stronger and strongerandmdash;and itandrsquo;s out for revenge. Mirka is in over her head, and this time, her whole family is on the line! When the fish kidnaps Layele, Mirka must find a way to save her little sister, and the clues she needs are hidden in her stepmother Frumaandrsquo;s past. Mixing adventure, cultural traditions, squabbling siblings, and preteen commotion, Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish is sure to captivate readers with its exciting visuals and indomitable heroine.
In Pumpkins County, weird things happen every day, but nobody ever makes a fuss. Nobody, that is, except the Creeps: Carol, a big-city girl new to Pumpkins County, who finds kindred spirits in Mitchell (monster expert), Jarvis (military brat with logistics know-how), and Rosario (girly girl on the outside, muscle underneath). The Creeps are on the case to figure out the spooky mysteries and still get to class on time. Last week it was a pudding monster. This week, itandrsquo;s killer frogsandmdash;reanimated from the teamandrsquo;s biology class dissection experiment. Whoandrsquo;s behind the Frankenfrog attacks? The Creeps will track down the answers!
In this new creepy graphic novel series, Chris Schweizerandrsquo;s art is full of the visual excitement that only the best graphic novel creators can pull off.
About the Author
Barry Deutsch attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Portland State University. He won the 2010 Sydney Taylor Award and has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Nebula Awards. He won the national Charles M. Schulz award for best college cartoonist and was nominated for ComicConandrsquo;s Russ Manning Award for Promising Newcomer. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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