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 she’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 witch’s house, the witch grabs hold of the closest thing possible to transform the flying, flaming rockand that would be Mirka’s hair. The meteor is changed, all right: it’s now Mirka’s identical twin. Doppelganger Mirka, vowing to be a better version of the real girl, sets out to charm all of Hereville, including Mirka’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: STARRED REVIEWS "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 can’t relate to that? This truly clever series is lots of fun." 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." 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." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The graphic novel format serves the quirky story well, with strong inks and a subdued palette that emphasize characters’ personalities and facial expressions as well as the tale’s action. As with Mirka’s first adventure, this volume brings diversity and wit to comics for young teens and tweens..." The Horn Book Magazine
"Deutsch is a masterful storyteller with both realistic kid patter and expressive cartoonsnot 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." Booklist
Award 2013 Sydney Taylor Award - Notable Book, Older Readers Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel 2014 list
Harry N. Abrams
Harry N. Abrams
Harry N. Abrams
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As I was reading this I was reminded of Sydney Taylor's classic "All-of-a-Kind Family". Published in 1951, that is a gentle and engaging tale of a Jewish family in upper East Side New York City in the 1900's. While mostly a story about the lives and adventures of the five mischievous girls in the family, it is also a warm and instructive guide to the holidays and traditions of this Jewish family. For readers in 1951, this might very well have been their only contact with Judaism in any form.
I was reminded of the book because "Hereville" carries on the honorable tradition of telling an exciting story, involving rich, varied and interesting characters, in the context of an Orthodox Jewish community. But note that the primary emphasis here is the story and especially the characters.
Now, the story is unapologetically fantastical, with witches, trolls, a magical artifact or two and a shape-shifting space visitor. That's O.K., because it is all presented so...
Our favorite orthodox Jewish girl returns in her second graphic novel. Having been grounded for staying out all night on the adventure chronicled in the first book, Mirka starts out as a typical sullen 11 year old. After her stepmother lets her go out, Mirka heads off to see the local troll who has her sword. They plot revenge on the evil witch, and his spell to flood her house with chocolate pudding goes awry and sends a meteorite streaming to Hereville. Mirka is able to warn the witch in the nick of time. But the witch turned the meteorite into the spitting image of Mirka. And then the fun begins, as Mirka's doppelgänger takes advantage of Mirka's good will. This drives Mirka to her wits end. She enlists 2 of her siblings to help her, and challenges the meteorite to a contest.
One of the unique aspects of this series is that it is set in the context of an orthodox Jewish community. Author Barry Deutsch also includes a sprinkling of Yiddish, which he...
Reason for Reading: I haven't read the first book in this series (soon to be rectified!) but this sounded so charming I had to go ahead and read it anyway.
The portrayal of an Orthodox Jewish family is a breath of fresh air in the book. It is lovely to have God spoken of simply and with reverence in a mainstream book. I enjoyed all the Jewish references to words, customs and culture which made this a unique book in the fantasy genre. A delightful story that had me glued to the pages in one sitting. I fell in love with Mirka and her family and thought this was a special story. Not having read the first book, I know I missed all the references to it in the story but it didn't matter to my enjoyment of this one as a standalone. I can't wait to read the first now though. A really, unique and entertaining main character plus some of the best, realistic dialogue I've ever read make this a fantastic book.
I only have one quibble and that is about the author's...
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