Book View: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

Book View: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her SwordHereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Series: Hereville #1
Published by Amulet Books on November 1st 2010
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 144

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.

Short & Sweet: First of all, this graphic novel is beautifully illustrated. It’s a fantastic story that is from a point of view that you don’t see a lot – from that of a Jewish girl. I love the attitude of Mirka and how eventually she has to defeat the troll in the end. Hoping for more graphic novels about this brave girl.

​Final Verdict:  great fantasy story with a deeper meaning and an unusual heroine.

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