Saturday, December 14, 2013
‘Hereville’ by Barry Deutsch
To do that she only needs a sword.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (Amulet Books, 2010) by Barry Deutsch is a wonderfully original graphic novel. Its independent and likeable 11-year-old girl protagonist is a fine addition to the graphic novel format.
The story is set in a modern-day Orthodox Jewish community (the Hereville of the title). In it, readers are introduced to Mirka, her family, community and traditions.
One day Mirka meets a mysterious woman, believed to be a “machashaifeh” or witch. After Mirka performs a kindness for her, the woman tells Mirka that she is in Mirka’s debt and tells Mirka where she can get a sword. There’s just one catch: the sword is guarded by a troll.
This long-time crafter enjoyed the importance that Mirka’s stepmother places upon the “womanly art” of knitting. The relationship between Mirka and Fruma is one of the best parts of this story; both are strong and independent female characters who encourage each other to think.
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal