Well, I’ve got quite the backlog of reviews to get written at the moment, so I think I’m going to cheat for the next few I write an just use the publishers blurb. I need to get myself back into review writing mode!
Spunky, strong-willed, eleven-year-old Mirka Hirschberg isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her step-mother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There’s only one thing she does want: to fight dragons!
Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives, but that doesn’t stop the plucky girl from honing her skills. She fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. And she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, a challenge that could bring Mirka her heart’s desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find – and outwit – the giant troll who’s got it!
So, I like many others picked this one up on Vasily’s recommendation, and I’m so pleased I did. This was a warm, funny and insightful tale about yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Ortodox Jewish girl 😉 (And who can resist a strapline like that?!
The subdued colours used in the artwork gave everything a warm feel (surprising as a lot of blue is used, I suspect is the equal use of earthy colours).
I really look forward to reading more about Mirka’s adventures, and Barry Deutsch’s clever interweaving of Orthodox Jewish culture.