Ash’s Cabin

First Second. Aug. 2024. 320p. Tr $25.99. ISBN 9781250754059.
Gr 7 Up–A riveting story about a trans teen finding their place in the world, which just so happens to be a small cabin in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ash feels alone in their friendless school days, going home to a family that often uses their dead name. Trying to get away from everything seems like the logical answer, so Ash researches and plans a trip to a remote cabin in the northern California woods. With their dog Chase in tow, Ash tricks their parents in order to get away while they go on a trip, and Ash ends up hiking in the wilderness, looking for a small cabin their grandfather built. Readers are transported to the wilderness as Ash learns that life outside is rough, especially when finding food. Ash is at times discouraged, but an encounter with another person on the run renews their hopes. However, a looming search party and wildfires in the distance threaten everything Ash hopes to achieve. With arresting art and an insightful feel, Wang weaves a story of self-discovery, adventure, survival, and grit. Wang’s unique style and art is remarkable, with a beautiful color palette and mix of hard and soft strokes that make readers feel every emotion Ash is dealing with. This book is a page-turner and readers will both worry and cheer for Ash every step of the way.
VERDICT Highly recommended for all middle school and high school libraries.

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