"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

14 March 2014


Deutsch, Barry. Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. Amulet, 2010.

Mirka lives in an Orthodox Jewish community, but she doesn't want to learn how to be a good wife; she wants to fight dragons. Blending elements of multiculturalism with fantasy, this story follows Mirka as she speaks with a witch, who sends her to a troll to get a sword, which will then allow Mirka to slay the dragons she's always wanted to fight. The fairy-tale elements are enjoyable as is the look into the life of an Orthodox Jewish community.

Recommended for: teens and tweens
Red Flags: I believe the best term is "cartoon violence" - nothing serious, but Mirka is trying to get a sword in order to kill dragons
Overall Rating: 5/5

Read-alike for Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

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