Hereville by Barry Deutsch
How Mirka Got Her Sword

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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 Sydney Taylor Award Eisner nomination Harvey nomination Ignatz nomination Nebula nomination"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

About Barry Deutsch

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Barry Deutsch won the 2010 Sydney Taylor Award and was nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Nebula awards that year. He won the national Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist in 2000 and was nominated for Comic-Con's Russ Manning Award for Promising Newcomer in 2008. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Published November 1, 2010 by Harry N. Abrams. 142 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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The meteorite in the title is actually an alien life form—dubbed "Metty"—that becomes Mirka's reverse doppelganger: a too-good-to-be true twin who's not only neater, defter at dispatching bullies, and better at basketball than Mirka, but also determined to permanently displace her.

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Kirkus Reviews

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From there, it was a short step to a Jewish girl’s stubborn quest for a sword.” Deutsch says he spent years researching, writing and drawing Hereville, which he rendered entirely on computer, using a Cintiq tablet—which allows you to draw on screen as if on paper, making it almost as cool as a sw...

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New York Journal of Books

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While the images of monsters are goofy and laughable, the inner conflict of Mirka as she negotiates her emerging identity as an orthodox Jewish girl is real and relatable.Metta, who’s strong and beats up bullies, represents the ideal Mirka thought she wanted to become.

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Teen Reads

She lives in Hereville, an Orthodox Jewish community (in fact, there are mostly only Orthodox Jews in Hereville, except for the strange woman and her wicked pet pig who live in the forest).

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family If there’s one thing the contemporary world of comics lacks, it’s books for young ...

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Starburst Magazine

Aimed squarely at the 8-12 year old market, this graphic novel follows the adventures of Mirka, an 11 year old Orthodox Jewish girl with a passion for adventure.

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School Library Journal

For my part, I can’t believe that someone can’t represent something they haven’t lived (that would make a lot of my favorite books ring false, and I don’t think they do.) I think you can get a sense of faith and spirituality without having come from the same point of view—see Craig Thompson’s Ha...

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