How Mirka Got Her Sword (Hereville #1) by Barry Deutsch

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Read How Mirka Got Her Sword (Hereville #1) Online Free - 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.

Title : How Mirka Got Her Sword (Hereville #1)
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ISBN : 0810984229
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 144 pages


Eilonwy rated it ★★★★☆

January 12, 2016

The tag-line for this book says, “Yet Another Troll-Fighting 11-Year-Old Orthodox Jewish Girl.” Because you can never have enough of those, right? Mirka lives with her large family (father, stepmother, six sisters, one brother, one stepsister) in Hereville, an isolated Orthodox Jewish community w...

Adam rated it ★★★★★

November 23, 2016

Finished this between two train rides. Very awesome and very fast read. Definitely picking up subsequent volumes.

Betsy rated it ★★★★★

August 13, 2010

“Yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl,” says the byline. Well seriously. How was I supposed to pass that up? I’d grabbed a copy of Hereville at an American Library Association conference along with a whole host of other books. I don’t think I even gave it half a glance at t...

Diane rated it ★★★☆☆

July 02, 2014

This is a fun graphic novel about a spunky girl named Mirka who is determined to be a heroine, preferably by fighting dragons. However, Mirka lives in an orthodox Jewish community named Hereville, with a demanding stepmother, lots of siblings and a bunch of naysayers in town who pester her about...

Melki rated it ★★★★☆

July 25, 2014

There's such a delightful fairy tale feel to this book. Though much of the story is rooted in humdrum reality, it hints that magic may be lurking just around the corner. Eleven-year-old Mirka has a stepmother, and while she may not be an EVIL stepmother, she wants Mirka to learn how to knit. Horr...

Sesana rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2015

This is a book that I picked up because I really liked the plot summary: a young girl who's determined to be a dragonslayer. Sounds right up my alley! The cover wasn't doing much for me, though, and middle grade comics don't always thrill me, so I wasn't expecting much. I was very pleasantly surp...

Inge rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2010

Let's get the obvious comments over with. Yes. This is a graphic novel where the brave heroine is an 11 year-old Orthodox Jewish girl. This is definitely not something you see every day. However, it's not treated as a novelty, and while the reader will learn about Orthodox Judaism and its practic...

Emily rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2011

I loved this odd and beguiling graphic novel, which seems to be Barry Deutsch's first book. Anyone who likes graphic novels with a dollop of fantasy should read it. Anybody with an interest in Orthodox Jewish life should read it. Anyone who loves family stories with lots of siblings (plus a not a...

David rated it ★★★★☆

May 03, 2013

Unique story angle: an Orthodox Jewish girl living in a Jewish community who wants to fight trolls. The Yiddish and other Jewish Orthodox cultural/religious details feel real and authentic to me, and the talk always seems real.. This isn't great art, but it's lively and interesting and I was surp...

Deborah rated it ★★★★☆

July 02, 2015

And now – another thrilling episode of Deborah Forgot When Her Library Books Were Due Back So Now She Has To Write 17 Reviews In One Day! So: here's a graphic novel whose main character is an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl who lives in a tiny, rural village. I am a 47-year-old non-theist, former...

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