Three years ago, Ash’s mom, Kristin, left home and never came back. Now, Ash lives in the house where Kristin grew up. All of her things are there. Her old room, her old clothes, and the shed where she spent her childhood creating a fantasy world called Koretris.
Ash knows all about Koretris: how it’s a haven for girls, with no men or boys allowed, and filled with fanciful landscapes and creatures. When Ash’s friends decide to try going to Koretris using one of Kristin’s spell books, Ash doesn’t think anything will happen. But the spell works, and Ash discovers that the world Kristin created is actually a real place with real inhabitants and very real danger.
But if Koretris is real, why is Ash there? Everyone has always called Ash a boy. Ash uses he/him pronouns. Shouldn’t the spell have kept Ash out? And what does it mean if it let Ash in?
From: Oni Press
Notes on This Title
The focal characters of this title are middle school aged. The main character is a trans girl. Supporting characters are a black queer girl, a character who does not state a gender identity but experiments with she/her/her and they/them/their pronouns, and a girl who expresses an attraction to other girls.
“Overall, Girl Haven tells an intriguing story combining fantasy and self-discovery, utilising characters’ inner conflicts to inform the worldbuilding concerning its fantasy elements.” (Source: Broken Frontier)
“[F]ull-bleed panels are filled with lush environments and graceful anthropomorphic animals in this accessible, affirmative tale of identity exploration. ” (Source: Publishers Weekly)