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How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
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How Mirka Got Her Sword (2010)

by Barry Deutsch

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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 shedoes 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. ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Mar 26, 2016 |
Summary: Fabulous graphic novel intertwining fantasy and the life of a an Orthodox Jewish girl. Mirka doesn't want to do the regular "girl" things her mom wants her to. She wants to fight dragons and have adventures. She meets a witch who tells her about a troll and how to get a sword!

Reflection: Nice choice to bring multiculturalism into the classroom. Gives a little insight into what it is like living in the Orthodox community all the while being a typical spunky 12 year old girl looking for adventure! ( )
  AlinaA | Mar 9, 2016 |
This is a very unusual premise for a graphic novel, and I enjoyed it.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Author-artist Deutsch not only delivers a great story & strong heroine, he also creates an entire family of great characters and a fantasy world I couldn't get enough of. Packed with little insights about Jewish culture and language, as well as irresistible humor, this is one graphic novel I can't wait to see sequel-ized! - Adam
  stephencrowe | Nov 11, 2015 |
Excellent story and a good introduction to Orthodox Jewish life. ( )
  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
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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!
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