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
Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydias the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julies the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, when Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, their efforts dont translate into instant popularity. Lydia ends up with a bald spot, their parents wont stop yelling, and Julie finds herself the number-one crush of Roland Asbjørnsen. Worse, they seem to be drifting farther and farther from their goaland each other.
Amy Ignatows hilarious debut novel introduces the intrepid fifth-graders Julie and Lydia, whose quest to understand popularity may not succeed in the ways they want, but will succeed in keeping readers in stitches.
Amy Ignatowand#8217;s signature sense of humor is on full display in this satisfying sequel. After spending all of fifth grade studying popularity together, Julie and Lydia are finally ready to put their hard-earned lessons to use in junior high. But before they can, disaster strikes: Lydiaand#8217;s mom gets a job in London for six whole months! Before Lydia can say and#8220;Fancy a cup of tea?and#8221; sheand#8217;s thrust into a new school, where she earns a reputation as and#8220;the Violent American.and#8221; Meanwhile Julieand#8217;s stuck navigating the cliques of American junior high on her own and is adopted by a group of troublemaking eighth graders known as the Bichons. The two best friends will have to learn to keep in touch and stand on their own, assisted as always by their trusty notebook.
Lydia and Julie are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydiaand#8217;s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, and human guinea pig. Julieand#8217;s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey jock, and faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, the harder Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, the farther they get from their goaland#8212;and each other. Amy Ignatow understands friendship and the fifth grade, and she knows just how to wring humor out of ordinary and extraordinary moments.
Itand#8217;s summertime, and Julie and Lydia are going on a road trip! After all the ups and downs of their first year in junior high, theyand#8217;re looking forward to seeing the sights and getting some new perspective on their quest for popularity. Papa Dad and Daddy will provide the transportation, and theyand#8217;ll provide the entertainment.
At first Julie and Lydia use their Powers of Observation to catalog the traditions and oddities of each new location they visit, but soon their attention turns to parents and family and negotiating sensitive family dynamics. By the time the duo hits familiar streets again, they may have to accept some uncomfortable truths, but their journey is infused with the humor, heart, and truthfulness that Amy Ignatow is known for.
Fresh off their epic summer road trip, Lydia and Julie are back and ready to take seventh grade by storm. Well, Lydia is: she wants to start a band, and sheandrsquo;s convinced Julie to join her. The Macram. Owls are joined by Roland (expert at the hardingfele) and Jane (expert at drama). None of them, unfortunately, are experts at rocking out. The band needs more practice, but instead Lydia and Julie find themselves riding an unexpected wave of popularity thanks to their own belated birthday party. The girls may have accidentally stumbled upon the secret to popularityandmdash;if only the secret werenandrsquo;t so completely humiliating. Hilarious, observant, and honest, this installment of the series has all of Amy Ignatowandrsquo;s signature charm, while bringing our beloved heroines to a new turning point in their lives.
and#160; Love is in the air! Julie and Roland are an official and#147;couple,and#8221; which means . . . well, theyand#8217;re not exactly sure what, except that it makes Papa Dad extremely
anxious. Meanwhile, Lydiaand#8217;s mom announces that sheand#8217;s marrying Coach Eric (the soccer coach from England), and Lydia and her sister, Melody, are not happy about it. With the wedding date looming, the girls will have to figure out how to accept the inevitability of changeand#151;and that even if the change isnand#8217;t what you thought you wanted, it can still end up all right, as long as you have good friends at your side. Praise for The Popularity Papers: Book Six
"Julie and Lydia discover just how rocky the road to romance can be in the sixth installment of Ignatowand#8217;s Popularity Papersand#133; fans of the series will be rewarded with plenty of giggle-worthy antics from Julie and Lydia."
Lydia and Julie have been through many adventures as they navigated junior high, popularity, families, and friendship. In the final adventure in the series, the peaceful world of Hamlin Junior High is rocked when Lydia and Julie learn that theyand#8217;re going to have to play host to new students whose school burned down. The outside threat bands the Hamlin kids together against a common enemyand#8212;for a while. When the enemy gets their hands on Lydia and Julieand#8217;s notebook, no one wants anything to do with the girls. Itand#8217;s the biggest threat to their friendship (and a pretty definitive failure of their quest for popularity), and it can only be solved one way. Two words: dance battle.
About the Author
Amy Ignatow is an illustrator and teacher who has also been a farmer, a florist, a short-order vegan cook, a dancing chicken, an SAT prep instructor, a telefundraiser, a wedding singer, a ghostwriter for Internet personal ads, a reporter, and an air-brush face and body painter working under the name Ooga.” She graduated from Moore College of Art and Design and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, and their cat, Mathilda, whom they believe to be well-meaning despite all evidence to the contrary.