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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (Hereville)by 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.
Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isnt interested in knitting lessons from her stepmother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. Theres only one thing she does want: to fight dragons!
Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives, but that doesnt stop the plucky girl from honing her skills. She fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. And she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, a challenge that could bring Mirka her hearts desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find—and outwit—the giant troll whos got it!
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.
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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