Title: How Mirka Caught a Fish
By: Barry Deutsch
Call #: YA Graphic Deuts.B
While there are three graphic novels in the Hereville series, each book does well as a stand-alone. How Mirka Caught a Fish (second in the series) has found a home in the teen loft collection. In this particular tale, our heroine Mirka summons a reluctantly dutiful troll, seeks support from a frighteningly powerful witch, and outsmarts a magical wishing fish with a bad temper. As Mirka follows her curiosity and upholds her duty to her half-sister, we learn about the values and way of life for this religious blended-family. Mirka is an “11-year-old time-traveling Orthodox Jewish babysitter,” with a penchant for misadventure. Ultimately the choice she must face is a difficult one, but Mirka has learned from her stepmother that doing the right thing is meaningless if you only do it when it’s easy.
Tags: Action and adventure comics, Babysitter, Blended-families, comic books, Comic strips, Fantasy comics, Fishes, graphic novels, Jewish girls, magic, Orthodox Jewish, Shabbos, sisters, Women heroes, Yiddish