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Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite (Hardcover)

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November 2012 Indie Next List

“Everyone's favorite troll-fighting, sword-wielding, adventure-scheming 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl is back! Once again, Mirka is dodging chores (especially knitting--she HATES knitting), trying -- and failing -- to beat her wiley stepmother at chess, and seeking mischief and mayhem whenever possible, but this time with the help of a Mirka look-alike named Metty. Deutsch's drawings are a delight. His characters burst off the page, and he portrays Mirka's insular community with humor, just enough cheekiness, and plenty of warmth.”
— Elizabeth Sher, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC


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 rock--and 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:
"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 cartoons--not 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."

2013 Sydney Taylor Award - Notable Book, Older Readers
Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel 2014 list.

About the Author

Barry Deutsch won the 2010 Sydney Taylor Award and was nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Nebula awards that year. He won the national Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist in 2000 and was nominated for Comic-Con's Russ Manning Award for Promising Newcomer in 2008. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419703980
ISBN-10: 1419703986
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: November 1st, 2012
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Hereville