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Hereville : how Mirka got her sword / Barry Deutsch ; colors by Jake Richmond.

By: Deutsch, Barry.
Contributor(s): Richmond, Jake [colorist.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: Hereville: bk. 1Publisher: New York : Amulet, c2010Description: 137 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780810984226 (hbk.); 0810984229 (hbk.); 9781419706196 (pbk.); 1419706195 (pbk.).Other title: How Mirka got her sword.Subject(s): Jewish girls -- Comic books, strips, etc | Jewish girls -- Juvenile fiction | Jews -- Conduct of life -- Comic books, strips, etc | Jews -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction | Witches -- Comic books, strips, etc | Witches -- Juvenile fiction | Trolls -- Comic books, strips, etc | Trolls -- Juvenile fiction | Knitting -- Comic books, strips, etc | Knitting -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Fantasy comic books, strips, etc. -- United States. | Graphic novels.Summary: Eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg dreams of fighting dragons and spends her days honing her skills, even though there are no dragons in her Orthodox Jewish community, but when she accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, Mirka just might win her dragon-fighting sword after all.
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CML Juvenile Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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Drawn on a computer using Photoshop and a Cintiq tablet, also colored using Photoshop.

Eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg dreams of fighting dragons and spends her days honing her skills, even though there are no dragons in her Orthodox Jewish community, but when she accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, Mirka just might win her dragon-fighting sword after all.

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Library Journal Review

Eleven-year-old Mirka wants to fight dragons. But she's a girl-in an Orthodox Jewish community. No dragons in the area, either, but she stands up to local bullies, fights a pig, and outwits a troll to win a dragon-slaying sword. This expanded web comic is described as "a delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion."-Martha Cornog, "Graphic Novels Prepub Alert," BookSmack! 7/15/2010 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-To the delight of his online followers, Deutsch's popular web comic featuring "Yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl" is now available in print. Mirka is the heroine that girlhood dreams are made of: questioning and smart and willing to take on the world. She constantly battles wits with her stepmother, Fruma, whose argumentative nature and sharp nose conceal a warm and caring nature. Readers view the image of Mirka's deceased mother, who continues to play an influential role in her life. The child, stuck at home with knitting needles, longs to wield a sword and do battle with dragons. Instead she finds herself caught in a battle of wills with a talking pig. That's right: scenes of an Orthodox Jew with a pig add to the humor. The story is a captivating mixture of fantasy and a realistic look at a culture. The girl encounters both a mind-reading witch and a multilingual troll in her quest for a sword with which to fight dragons. Yiddish language and Jewish customs are an essential part of the story and provide excellent bedrock to the tale without overwhelming it. Mirka outwits the troll and obtains the sword, bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion. However, there is more to tell and it is obvious that further adventures await this young heroine. The illustrations are done in a monochromatic palette, with a color change from a warm earthy orange/cream for daytime scenes to a cool lavender/blue for the night scene. With engaging characters and delightful art, Hereville is pure enchantment.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Barry Deutsch attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Portland State University. He won the national Charles M. Schulz Award for Best College Cartoonist in 2000 and was nominated for the 2008 Russ Manning Award for Promising Newcomer. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him online at www.hereville.com.

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