How Mirka Got Her Sword
By Barry Deutsch
(Amulet Books, Hardcover, 9780810984226, 144pp.)
Publication Date: November 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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.
Accolades and Praise for Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
- Sydney Taylor Award
- Eisner nomination
- Harvey nomination
- Ignatz nomination
- Nebula nomination
"Withouth a doubt, the best graphic novel of 2010 for kids. Bar None."--School Library Journal, starred review
"A terrific story, told with skill and lots of heart."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Mirka is a spunky, emotionally realistic, and fun heroine."--Booklist, starred review
"Sequel, please!"--Horn Book Magazine
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.