Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
by Barry Deutsch
New York: Amulet Books
Our heroine, “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl”, is originally from a webcomic; now her adventures are transposed into a graphic novel.
Mirka Hirschberg doesn't fit in. Among her many brothers and sisters, she often feels crowded and overlooked, and she has the usual pre-teen trials with her stepmother. Instead of doing her homework or learning feminine arts like knitting, Mirka dreams of slaying dragons and having great adventures in the world beyond her traditional village. She sneaks goyische books into the house and daydreams over them, but when a strange house and its even stranger occupant (a witch? a real one?) make an appearance in the neighborhood, Mirka finds herself in a bit over her head!
Because the comic was originally published serially on the web, it has a quality of disjointedness that could have been smoothed out to improve the storyline. In particular, loose ends are not wrapped up at the end of the book. I'm looking forward to the next installation of Mirka's adventures!
Media: pen and ink