[1], How Mirka Got Her Sword

Comic Book - 2010
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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 : Amulet Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780810984226
Branch Call Number: J FIC FAN
Characteristics: 137 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: How Mirka got her sword


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Sep 25, 2018

The subtitle for this all-ages graphic novel is "yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl" which gives you an idea of how unique this book is. One of the guys at my local comic shop won't read it because it has a talking pig in it, but he's missing out. I have told him this repeatedly. (Hi Eric!) It's this wonderful mix of fantasy, magic, an 11 year old girl who craves adventure, her loving family's dynamics, and a window into life in her community and culture. The followup book, How Mirka Met a Meteorite, is another winner.

Jul 31, 2018

I was recommended this book by an Orthodox Jewish friend who loves it! The illustrations are expressive and delightful. Mirka's story was clever and silly. I loved the ending and Mirka's moral contemplations. I look forward to seeing where Mirka and *spoiler* her sword go in the rest of the series.

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.

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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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