‘Tis the season for bright lights and shiny ornaments and festive carols…but if you’re Jewish, it’s also the season for potato latkes (Team Applesauce; please remove your sour cream mess from my sight), spinning tops, and declaring, “Oh yeah? Well I get eight days of presents,” whether you do or not. (I might be projecting.) […]
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Charles M. Schulz Award–winning cartoonist Barry Deutsch introduces a quirky and adventurous heroine in the “utterly ingenious” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review) Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, first in a fantasy graphic novel series. Spunky, strong-willed 11-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 heroine.Hereville series:Hereville: How Mirka Got Her SwordHereville: How Mirka Met a MeteoriteHereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish
About the Author
Barry Deutsch attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Portland State University. He won the 2010 Sydney Taylor Award and has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Nebula awards. He won the national Charles M. Schulz award for best college cartoonist and was nominated for Comic-Con’s Russ Manning Award for Promising Newcomer. He lives in Portland, Oregon.