Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

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Barry Deutsch’s Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword delights. Mirka is an Orthodox Jew who lives in a culture I haven’t see covered in fiction. This story of an adventurous teen has wit and spirit. Smart, lively and brave, Mirka helps her brother fend off bullies and a wild pig. The pig can talk and is prominent in the book offering a tongue in cheek wit as pigs are taboo in a kosher house. (The pig never goes inside the house).

Mirka’s family is very traditional and she doesn’t get along with her stepmother, who’s a strict disciplinarian. Yet rather than presenting the stepmother as a villain, it’s this sharp-tongued woman who most helps Mirka the most.

The book is a fun, fast read that takes readers inside a culture that’s rarely presented. There are two other Hereville books and I’ve ordered them all.

 

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d say that I had a good July 4th weekend. On Independence Day, we went to a neighbor’s barbecue – outside, distanced with 8 guests in all. My town and neighboring ones had Reverse Parades (aka Porch Parades) so I drove and walked around to see how people decorated their homes. Some families just put out a few small flags on the edge of their lawns, but others got more into the spirit of the event. These decorations offer cheer during a glum time. We need more of this.

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My team made a short video for Evanston’s Virutal 4th of July Parade. You can watch below. I contributed the last part and edited it.