Friday, February 19, 2016

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

Written by: Barry Deutsch

First line: Mirka liked her stepmother, Fruma, well enough.

Why you should read this book: A thoroughly modern perspective on the fairy tale/fantasy narrative, featuring a smart, sassy heroine who's willing to stand up for what she thinks is right and wants the freedom to pursue adventure. The fact that she's an Orthodox Jew living in a completely insular community places a certain framework around her story but never limits or artificially distorts the honesty of the tale. Behold the power of creative argument, and its magical worth in getting kids in and out of trouble.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You never drop a stitch.

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