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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,049 ratings  ·  399 reviews
Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, with fae powers that make him different from everyone else—even his unwitting parents and older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being human makes him an oddity at the royal palace, and where his only friend is a wax golem name ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Ethan Aldridge I'm happy to say that there will indeed be a sequel! I'm working as fast as possible on the artwork right now.

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Heidi The Reader
A cute graphic novel for middle graders that features a changeling, his human counterpart, their human sister and a golem made out of wax.

"There hasn't been a human in High Court in a century. That makes you special, doesn't it?" "Oh, they never let me forget that. It's always 'the human childe'."

But trouble brews when a disgruntled elf turns the king and queen of the High Court into rodents. Then, she goes after the "Childe". In response, he seeks out his changeling twin in the world above or t
Cori Reed
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

LOVED this! Totally gave me Amulet vibes.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is extremely my shit
fay stuff
found families
a dragon
everyone has cool hair
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first graphic novel, and I must say that I was absolutely blown away. I love all stories that involve changelings, so I couldn’t wait to see this take on the subject matter.

The Human Childe is so sick of being regarded as that. His Fae parents never even gave him an actual name. When his long lost Aunt Hawthorne rolls into town and reduced his parents to rats, he must escape to save his own life. He decides it’s time to find the Changeling that he was replaced with, so he flees the
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
[3.5 Stars]
I'm not sure why I wasn't loving this as much as a lot of people have. Maybe it's a case of wrong book at the wrong time? I found myself enjoying what I was reading but then putting it down mid-chapter to do anything else. I'll probably reread this to see if it was just my mood because the premise sounds like something I would normally love. A changeling and the stolen human teaming up to save the say? Yeah, I'm in, and the artwork is good too. I Don't Know. For now, this is a 3.5 fr
Joyfully Jay
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

I’m a big web comic reader. I always have been. As much as I love books, there’s a special appeal to seeing a story unfold in front of you, which is why, for me, the artwork and the pacing are always so important. If the artwork doesn’t appeal, if the character designs aren’t distinct enough, if the story’s pacing is too slow, it makes me uninterested in keeping up with the comic. Fortunately, Estranged has none of those problems. The artwork is a perfect mix of
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, arcs
I really, really enjoyed this! The artwork is beautiful, and the story was captivating. Full review to come.
C.J. Milbrandt
A boy who was swapped in the cradle with a changing has grown up in the underground world of the fae, known only as "the Human Childe." But when his adoptive parents are attacked, he can only think of one place to turn for help. To the changeling who's living his life in the human world.

Sisters and brotherhood and candles and dragons. Evil aunts and fashion trends and tagging and nannies. And (of course) the meaning of family. So, so gorgeous, and so, so good. I have the next volume on pre-orde
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was precious! The art style was lovely, and I adored the family theme in this story. Good thing I have the second one available for me, as I'm excited to continue this journey with Cinder, Edmund, Whick, and Alexis!
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really gorgeous artwork and a lovely message about building family from the people who love you. A wonderfully paced fantasy adventure!
Marie the Librarian
It was a bit confusing. And there was just something missing?
Nay Denise
Received a copy from the publisher.

Such a great read. I loved the illustrations within the book and the story itself was amazing. The Childe is a strong kid who has dealt with the craziness of the faes. He may have been a human, but he handled himself against the fae and their wicked ways. He carried a lot about the World Below and the World Above. He definitely felt out of place and missed what his life could have been in the World Above, but he didn't let it drag him down.

Edmund was a complete
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this graphic novel! It only took about an hour to read; I read it in 2 sittings, but faster readers could probably read it in about 30 minutes easily. I've been dying to read a fantasy children's graphic novel with an original, engaging plot-line and likable characters for a while now. The last time I read something like that was Amulet (great series BTW!), but sadly, that was a while ago. Thankfully, this book fulfilled my wish!

Essentially, the plot is about two boy
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great story, with so many interesting and creative characters. I was left wanting more of this imagined world, which includes the human and fae realms. And believe me, those weren’t the only beings we see in this novel. There is so much more going on in this book, with an extremely lovable character like Whick, and a changeling I quickly began rooting for.

What makes this novel even more intriguing are the watercolor filled pages, with the dark mediums that are incorporated at just the
Jen Appell
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't even mean to read this or buy this or love this, but here we are. I picked this up during a slow shift at the bookstore, and ended up reading all of it and bringing it home for my partner to read.

A fae changeling and human child grow up in each other's places, but come together to rescue the fae kingdom. Throw in an adorable golem friend, a kickass human sister, and dragons, and I'm sold. The art is intricate, dark, but childish at the same time. It reminded me of the vibe of Spiderwick
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the art style, but the story felt a little lacking. Not exactly fleshed out. Understandable, since graphic novels are much more work than a regular story, but I had a hard time getting into it.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute solid middle grade fantasy. Maybe a little too much shoved in, but I think the fast pace will appeal to a lot of kids. (Also, I love the pigeons being horrid gossips throwaway line...)
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Liked it a lot! Good story beats, relatable and interesting characters. Would love to see more in the world. Good magic system. Not queer, sadly.
Marta Boksenbaum
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can see why this was one of the most popular books on the middle school summer reading list. It's a really fun fantasy story and it goes fast.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Love the folklore and the artwork is great! Perfect for young readers and introducing them to fantasy in a visual way!
Okay, but I kind of loved this?

This is a graphic novel about two boys who were swapped at birth and are trying to deal with their changeling lives. Shit happens, they meet and join together to save the kingdom. I love the art and the story and the characters. It was super fast paced, like maybe a little too fast paced, but it's okay. I love Whick! They are so cute and they deserve the entire world tbh. I love the relationship between the brothers (okay not really brothers, but whatever) and the
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The artwork is beautiful, the story is solid, and there is a dragon. The kids are really going to enjoy this one.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
My rating is based off of the advance read copy that I won from Goodreads. This graphic novel is a lot of fun. It is well drawn and interesting. I was a little disappointed by the ARC because it wasn't in color which made reading it feel kind of like I was reading a rough draft. The reason that I gave it four stars instead of five is that the ending is a little too pat. It is a children's novel so that might not be something that bothers the intended audience but it took a little bit away from t ...more
Estranged has absolutely gorgeous artwork; the style and details are incredible. Often, I just stared at the art instead of continuing the story because of how intricate it all is. The artwork is definitely one of the best parts of this graphic novel, however, the storyline and characters are not far behind. Aldridge weaves a story with depth about identity and formation of families, about accepting and finding oneself.

Edmund and Childe were swapped at birth, so Edmund has spend his life as chan
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I get a graphic novel, the thing I look at first is the art. The art is what drew me to this. It is very well done with some interesting and cool character designs. Unfortunately, the art could not hide the shortcomings of the story. The first 3rd of the story is the best, with the introduction of the world and characters. The inclusion of the older sister was great. I only wish there could have been more of her in the story. The middle of the story is too simple, boring, and feels half-bak ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was a buddy read. Thanks, Alex!! Estranged was more of a 4.5 for me. The world building was spot on. A lot of creativity went into this graphic novel, not only with the artwork but with the story and characters as well. I really liked Whick. Even though they were fashioned out of wax they were more than just an animated object. They often acted in a selfless way and were a true friend to both boys. I would
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. The art was beautiful, I absolutely loved the coloring and the illustrations of the World Below, but the story? Meh. It didn't hold me too tightly. Things moved a bit too quickly IMHO and left me wishing that things hadn't been so easy for the characters to resolve (obviously there is a sequel, and some cliffhangers were left to justify a next installment). I will most likely read the next one if for nothing else than to see more of the artwork, but I won't be waiting impatiently for it to ...more
Scott Robins
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-kids
A solid, self contained fantasy story about changelings, fairies, an underground kingdom and an evil sorceress. The strength in this is the integration of ideas and concepts found in LGBTQ stories like coming out and chosen families. Hoping that Aldridge moves to more overt queer representation in later books.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I just re-read this because the second book came out and I simply loved the magic, mythology, and action that are in this book. And as a gay man, I sympathize with Edmund when he feels the need to hide who he really is in order to fit in but craves to let himself be free because it feels good to be.
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Ethan Aldridge is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and author living in New York City. He is the creator of ESTRANGED, an urban fantasy graphic novel (HarperCollins 2018).

Ethan was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and raised in a (very) small town in Utah, where his parents read him books about dragons and ghosts. Growing up, Ethan’s favorite things to draw were monsters and whatever dinosau

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