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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Swordby Barry Deutsch
Synopses & Reviews
Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isn’t 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. There’s 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 doesn’t 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 heart’s desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find—and outwit—the giant troll who’s got it!
A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, Hereville will captivate middle-school readers with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine.
Accolades and Praise for Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
"Utterly ingenious." --Kirkus, starred review
"Withouth a doubt, the best graphic novel of 2010 for kids. Bar None."--School Library Journal, starred review
"A terrific story, told with skill and lots of heart."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Mirka is a spunky, emotionally realistic, and fun heroine."--Booklist, starred review
"Sequel, please!"--Horn Book Magazine
"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.
About the Author
Barry Deutsch attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Portland State University. He won the national Charles M. Schulz Award for Best College Cartoonist in 2000 and was nominated for the 2008 Russ Manning Award for Promising Newcomer. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him online at www.hereville.com.
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