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, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isnandrsquo;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. Thereandrsquo;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 doesnandrsquo;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 heartandrsquo;s desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is findandmdash;and outwitandmdash;the giant troll whoandrsquo;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
- Sydney Taylor Award
- Eisner nomination
- Harvey nomination
- Ignatz nomination
- Nebula nomination
andquot;Utterly ingenious.andquot; --Kirkus
, starred review
andquot;Withouth a doubt, the best graphic novel of 2010 for kids. Bar None.andquot;--School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;A terrific story, told with skill and lots of heart.andquot;--Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;Mirka is a spunky, emotionally realistic, and fun heroine.andquot;--Booklist, starred review
andquot;Sequel, please!andquot;--Horn Book Magazine
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 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.