HEREVILLE: HOW MIRKA GOT HER SWORD by Barry Deutsch

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Mirka dreams of battling dragons.  She loves to read stories of knights and monsters, even though such Gentile books are forbidden in Hereville.  When a chance encounter with a talking pig earns her a favor from a witch, Mirka seizes the opportunity to embark on a quest for her very own sword.  But her task becomes more challenging when she realizes the troubles her siblings now face from being in the family of a crazy pig girl.

This story combines humor, fairytales, family problems, and Jewish culture into an enjoyable graphic novel.  Readers will learn dozens of Yiddish words as they plunge into Mirka’s unique fantastical yet realistic world.  I would recommend this book to middle grade readers who enjoy graphic novels, spunky heroines, and both fantasy and realistic fiction.

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