How Mirka Got Her Sword

eBook - 2012
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Eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg dreams of fighting dragons and spends her days honing her skills, even though there are no dragons in her Orthodox Jewish community, but when she accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, Mirka just might win her dragon-fighting sword after all.
Publisher: New York ; London : Amulet, 2012
ISBN: 1419706195
Characteristics: 1 online resource (137 pages) : chiefly color illustrations
Alternative Title: How Mirka got her sword

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Aug 26, 2017

I would contradict the cover and say, "Just another unorthodox Jewish girl." :) Just kidding. Although I'm not usually a graphic novel fan, I really enjoyed this one. The characters were so believable, and the troll was hilarious. Honestly, besides the trolls in the Hobbit, this was my favorite literary troll ever. It was also interesting to see the descriptions of Orthodox Jewish life. I found this to be a short - but very fun - read detailing life in a community I know less about.

libraricorn Jun 25, 2015

A wonderful strong female character that is completely relatable despite the magical realism of the story.

A delight for readers young and old.

angiem99 Aug 07, 2013

Not at all what I was expecting, but still an entertaining read. It took me a bit to understand the meaning of the ending, when I did, I appreciated this book much more.

Mark_Daly Jun 04, 2013

Clever execution of a polyglot premise (comics, Orthodox Judaism, medieval fantasy). Transcends any pedagogical inclinations through the sheer exuberance of its distinctively strong-willed heroine, Mirka, who no doubt will captivate many young readers who enjoy seeing their wishes for youthful power fulfilled. I enjoyed the interplay between Mirka and her equally energetic and forceful aunt.

devorah1231 Mar 12, 2013

Nothing like the Orthodox world! More like the Orthodox world seen from a sarcastic non-Orthodox teenager's view. Gorey and strange.


To read Barry Deutsch’s book is to experience a mild marvel. There is religion, fantasy, knitting, some of the best art I’ve seen since The Secret Science Alliance, and a story that actually makes you sit up and feel something. This is like nothing I’ve ever encountered before, and I think it’s truly remarkable. Without a doubt, this is one of the best graphic novels for kids I've seen. Bar none.

Dec 13, 2012

A delightful book, seemingly for grades 4 to 7 but fun for adults too! My (adult) son gave it to me for Hanukkah and we both enjoyed it. The graphics are really good with lots of details worth noting including the eyes different in a variety of situations. Although the author was not raised as an Orthodox Jew, he has presented that view of Judaism in a respectful manner and written a very good story! I'm looking forward to the next stories in this series.

Jun 21, 2012

Wonderful illustrations. A fun peek into the world of an imaginative, smart, brave. Orthodox Jewish young woman.

May 22, 2012

Join Mirka, the spunky clever heroine from the popular webcomic "Yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl," on her quest to escape knitting lessons and become a dragon-slayer. In a captivating mix of faith and fantasy, this imaginative narrative blends seamlessly with delightful and expressive artwork to tell a story full of heart.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

Deutsch's charming and energetic story takes the form of a classic hero tale, but its hero is, as the cover declares, "Yet Another Troll-Fighting 11-Year-Old Orthodox Jewish Girl." The depiction of an Orthodox community is smart and sympathetic, and Mirka's struggles with bullies and boring chores, as well as a stepmother who turns out to be the opposite of wicked, will ring true to many kids. The twist at the end makes us hope for a sequel.


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Mirka has a dream, but it’s not the kind of thing that gets a lot of support. More than anything else in the entire world she wants to fight dragons. The problem? She’s eleven, a girl, and she lives in the Jewish Orthodox town of Hereville. Still, Mirka gets a bit closer to her dream when she incurs the wrath of a witch’s pig, then does it a good deed, thereby indebting its witch to her. As it turns out, the witch tells Mirka that there is a good sword in the neighborhood, but the only way to get it is to defeat a troll. And when push comes to shove, Mirka’s going to have to use all her smarts and cunning to defeat an enemy that prizes one of the arts she loathes the most.


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