Girl Haven (Paperback)

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By Lilah Sturges, Meaghan Carter (Illustrator)
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So many trans stories focus on protagonists that have always known their gender. That's a good and important story to tell, but it's not everyone's story. From the moment Ash listed his pronouns as "he/him, I guess", I knew I'd hit on something special. Between that and Ash's desperate need to have the right answer about something as subjective as your personal identity, I saw my own story reflected in a way that I rarely do. This is the sort of adventure book I've loved since I was a child, but queerer and all the more delightful for it. This book could have been exactly what I needed in high school. I'm so glad the teenagers of today get to read it now.

— Shana

So many trans stories focus on protagonists that have always known their gender. That's a good and important story to tell, but it's not everyone's story. From the moment Ash listed his pronouns as "he/him, I guess", I knew I'd hit on something special. Between that and Ash's desperate need to have the right answer about something as subjective as your personal identity, I saw my own story reflected in a way that I rarely do. This is the sort of adventure book I've loved since I was a child, but queerer and all the more delightful for it. This book could have been exactly what I needed in high school. I'm so glad the teenagers of today get to read it now.

— Shana

From the moment Ash was asked about pronouns and said "he/him, I guess", I knew I was reading a story that would be special. Not everyone knows their gender immediately. Some people struggle, and wish there was a way to be sure, like Ash does. Girl Haven is about the magic of finding queer friends, figuring out your identity even when there is no "correct" answer, and, of course, the magic of adventuring in another world with talking animals and actual magic.

Shana

— From Girl Haven

Description


Full of wonder, humor, and heart, Girl Haven is the newest original story from the author of Lumberjanes.

Three years ago, Ash’s mom left home and never returned, leaving behind a husband and child and a shed full of mystical curiosities related to the all-girl fantasy world she’d created as a child—Koretris. One day Ash invites a new group of friends from Pride Club over, and they try one of the spells to enter Koretris. To their amazement, they’re all transported to a magical realm filled with human-sized talking animals who are fiercely protective of their world and are ready to fight to protect it. But if Koretris is real, why is Ash there? Everyone has always called Ash a boy—shouldn’t the spell have kept Ash out? And what does it mean if it let Ash in? 

About the Author


Lilah Sturges is the author of many comic books. She lives in Austin, Texas with two daughters and two cats.

Meaghan Carter is an illustrator with a love for shonen fighting spirit and aggressive female leads. Since graduating in 2010, she's honed her work with anthologies and webcomics. She lives with her husband and 3 cats in Toronto.

Praise For…


"Part fantasy-adventure, part coming-of-age story, Girl Haven is a ripping yarn that also does a fine job of explaining a singular gender experience while making it clear that there are many different gender experiences, none of which is wrong."
— Booklist

"Spunky, sweet, and full of magical high jinks, this is a first purchase wherever fantasy adventure comics are popular, and especially where titles by Noelle Stevenson and Kay O’Neill circulate well."
— School Library Journal


Product Details
ISBN: 9781620108659
ISBN-10: 1620108658
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: February 16th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English