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Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite Hardcover – November 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hereville
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419703986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419703980
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deutsch continues his delightful and unique series featuring a modern Orthodox Jewish girl who is often bolder and braver than most 11-year-olds (boy or girl) might be. In this follow-up to How Mirka Got Her Sword (2010), she faces a bewitched meteorite-turned-Mirka-doppelgänger, Metty, who makes Mirka’s life completely miserable: she co-opts Mirka’s place at the dinner table, earns excellent grades, and becomes a basketball star. With the help of Mirka’s stepsister Rochel, and a bit of self-reevaluation with the aid of her wise stepmother, Mirka both overcomes Metty’s challenges and even provides insight that Metty’s motivation for her behavior may stem from longing for her own family. 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. Grades 4-7. --Francisca Goldsmith

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.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As I was reading this I was reminded of Sydney Taylor's classic "All-of-a-Kind Family". Published in 1951, that is a gentle and engaging tale of a Jewish family in upper East Side New York City in the 1900's. While mostly a story about the lives and adventures of the five mischievous girls in the family, it is also a warm and instructive guide to the holidays and traditions of this Jewish family. For readers in 1951, this might very well have been their only contact with Judaism in any form.

I was reminded of the book because "Hereville" carries on the honorable tradition of telling an exciting story, involving rich, varied and interesting characters, in the context of an Orthodox Jewish community. But note that the primary emphasis here is the story and especially the characters.

Now, the story is unapologetically fantastical, with witches, trolls, a magical artifact or two and a shape-shifting space visitor. That's O.K., because it is all presented so matter-of-factly that the storyline feels almost realistic. What really elevates this book is the quality, variety and authenticity of the characters. Mirka is an identifiable and extremely likable teen girl. Unusual for this age-group book, her siblings are portrayed as loyal and supportive. Mirka's step-mother is patient and wise, but also realistically flawed and human. Other family members are also carefully and individually drawn. The villain isn't really very bad and is reasoned with, not defeated in combat. The witch has a small but central role, and is a perfectly competent witch. The troll is very funny, with a dry wit and a certain haplessness. In short, the entire complement of characters works well, and advances the story quite nicely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on December 25, 2013
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Our favorite orthodox Jewish girl returns in her second graphic novel. Having been grounded for staying out all night on the adventure chronicled in the first book, Mirka starts out as a typical sullen 11 year old. After her stepmother lets her go out, Mirka heads off to see the local troll who has her sword. They plot revenge on the evil witch, and his spell to flood her house with chocolate pudding goes awry and sends a meteorite streaming to Hereville. Mirka is able to warn the witch in the nick of time. But the witch turned the meteorite into the spitting image of Mirka. And then the fun begins, as Mirka's doppelgänger takes advantage of Mirka's good will. This drives Mirka to her wits end. She enlists 2 of her siblings to help her, and challenges the meteorite to a contest.

One of the unique aspects of this series is that it is set in the context of an orthodox Jewish community.
Author Barry Deutsch also includes a sprinkling of Yiddish, which he translates in footnotes. This story teaches a number of lessons including showing how selfish behavior hurts other people.

This is a fun graphic novel for children.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is book to in the Hereville graphic novel series and Mirka is just as dramatic as ever. I really, really enjoyed this storyline. Searching for her place at school and home, Mirka dives into mischief with a troll and a witch. No good can come of this! Mirka instead must face the reality of her dealings while connecting with her family and faith. These could easily be very heady topics but Deutsch intertwines with storyline with humor, Jewish culture, bits of Yiddish (and their translations) and the road to self-discovery. There are a couple of takeaway lessons for everyone here.

The artwork is expressive showcasing a range of Mirka's dramatic expressions. Deutsch's strengths really shine when several panels are combined to show both the passing of time and emotion. Especially the panel above where Mirka is running to beat the clock. The smaller panels demonstrate all of her hilarious inner monologue. The two-page spread could've easily been done with just the larger Mirka's but Deutsch gives the whole 9-yards when combining storytelling with the illustrations.

This was an awesome #WeNeedDiverseBooks read for me and I look forward to Hereville #3.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on December 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I haven't read the first book in this series (soon to be rectified!) but this sounded so charming I had to go ahead and read it anyway.

The portrayal of an Orthodox Jewish family is a breath of fresh air in the book. It is lovely to have God spoken of simply and with reverence in a mainstream book. I enjoyed all the Jewish references to words, customs and culture which made this a unique book in the fantasy genre. A delightful story that had me glued to the pages in one sitting. I fell in love with Mirka and her family and thought this was a special story. Not having read the first book, I know I missed all the references to it in the story but it didn't matter to my enjoyment of this one as a standalone. I can't wait to read the first now though. A really, unique and entertaining main character plus some of the best, realistic dialogue I've ever read make this a fantastic book.

I only have one quibble and that is about the author's use of knitting in the story line. He has made a big mistake in using berets for someone who "lacked patience or skill". Berets are actually not something a beginner would knit. They are knit in the round and require a lot of decreasing over a large amount of stitches, requiring concentration. They would be knit on 4 needles or a circular needle, switching to 4 needles once nearing the end. The illustrations clearly show Mirka knitting round berets on two straight needles! This is a blunder that any half-accomplished knitter will pick up on right away on page 1! Why didn't the author ask a knitter about this? In this situation, a beginner knitter almost always knits scarfs or shawls. This has brought my rating down to a 4 for an otherwise outstanding book.
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