As the front cover of this graphic novel announces, Hereville:  How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch stars Mirka, "yet another troll-fighting, 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl."  What?  That seems unexpected to you?  Deutsch clearly has as part of his agenda to push away your preconceived notions and to give Mirka an adventure.

Some parts of this book are delightful--I love Mirka's personality, persistence, and bravery.  On the other hand, Mirka "wins" her sword by knitting (really...


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