Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge


Debut author-illustrator Ethan M. Aldridge will captivate readers with this full-color fantasy graphic novel that has all the makings of a classic, about a changeling and a human child who were switched at birth and must now work together to save both their worlds. Perfect for fans of Amulet.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 ever...

Details Estranged

Release DateAug 7th, 2018
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Adventure

Reviews Estranged

  • Mar
    I really, really enjoyed this! The artwork is beautiful, and the story was captivating. Full review to come.
  • laureneliza
    this is extremely my shitfay stufffound familiesmagica dragoneveryone has cool hair
  • Alex
    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 inte...
  • Ally
    This book was given to me by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.I feel that I might be a bit biased considering I am a big fan of Ethan's art work. I actually own a few prints by him and hope to continue to grow my collection. This being said, I have had his book on pre-order since the day it was available and I was super excited when the ARC arrived on my door step.The ARC is in black and white, ...
  • Bridgett Brown
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.This is a story about 2 boys. 1 is Fae and the other is a human.The sorceress Hawthorne takes his parents away and takes over the World Below, so the Childe must find the changeling who replaced him in the human world. When the Childe finds Edmund, he also finds out about the life he's missing, the life with his real parents.The Childe joins Edmund and travels to the World Below. Together they have to save ...
  • High Plains Library District
    As one who doesn’t read graphic novels very frequently, I rather enjoyed Estranged by Ethan Aldrige. Both the detailed artwork and the wonderful dialogue made this novel very easy to read alongside young children.Aldridge takes common folk lore and brings it into a modern world. What happens to the children switched by the fae or faeries? In this tale, both the changeling and the human child have grows up in world which doesn’t understand the...
  • ashley (saidthestory)
    This was a super cute, fast-paced, well illustrated graphic. I loved the art & the idea! I did feel the world could have been developed more, but that would have required the graphic to be a series, so I grasp why it wasn’t. However, I definitely felt i wanted more - which can only be a good sign. All in all - super adorable graphic with wonderful art.
  • Emmers
    Very cute and I loved the fae and goblin designs, made me think of Labyrinth. c:
  • Veronica
    Listen, I loved this graphic novel. The art is STUNNING and the story was wonderfully done. Highly, highly recommend.
  • Virginia
    I want 5000 more of these immediately
  • Laura Henry
    I’m in love with this story and I need more. This is such a beautiful tale with beautiful art. This is a story for anyone who has always felt out of place and dreamed of being brave.
  • Christine Hwang
    With a riveting story line and vivid graphic artistic style, Estranged is about two changelings who are forced to meet when an evil sorceress threatens to destroy the fairy world.
  • Cindy
    "THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ROMANCE AND A TRAGEDY IS HOW IT ENDS, DON'T YOU THINK?"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 selfles...
  • Meg (PopReadsBox)
    Firstly, I loved the artwork in this graphic novel. Absolutely stunning! You have to see for yourself the amazing creativity of this author to create this story and then draw all the artwork to go along with the vision. I can't wait to see the full color edition! This story is about two boys, one knows the reason why he doesn't belong and the other suspects he is different. They go on a journey which turns both worlds upside down and creates new ...
  • Scott Robins
    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.
  • Hilary Scroggie
    I think this is going to be a thing.
  • Sabrina
    Fantastic graphic novel involving faes and changelings. This graphic novels also features a diverse set of characters
  • Madalin
    “Family is more than just the people you were born to... Everyone leaves their original home sooner or later, they find themselves alone. They begin their own story and must fill it with new people. In the end, what else is a family than people who share a common story?” Thank you to the folks at Epic Reads for this arc of Estranged!I’m going to premise this by saying I am not an avid reader of graphic novels. In fact, I’ve probably only ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    ARC provided by publisher at ALA MidwinterIn the World Below, Childe is a status symbol for his royal parents, an oddity because he is human rather than Fae. Edmund, with whom he changed places, lives in the human world but has trouble connecting to it. When the two meet and figure out their past histories, both of their lives make more sense. Unfortunately, Edmund's parents have been transformed into rats by the evil Hawthorne, which has forced ...
  • Diana
    Edit: Okay. Ding-dong, there is going to be a sequel. I’m so glad! Haha, I didn’t look before I wrote this review.I enjoyed this and I hope there might be a sequel to get more character development and world building. The story was fun if a bit trope-y. The art is very sketch-like but conveys the story. I like the atmosphere and idea. As I read it I imagined what it would be like as a live-action movie and I think it’d be great. When the bo...
  • Lexie Lucas
    I just finished this book this morning, my ARC that I won from the goodreads giveaway is actually in black and white, but it doesn't detract from the expressive art style. I particulary liked how Edmund, the changeling, was drawn. The details such as the feathery scales of the fay were very cool. I can't wait to see the colorized version (other than the few page preview that was included in my ARC) The characters are well designed and distinct. T...
  • Kay
    Fantasy. Fay. Family."We don't choose the families to which we are born, my Prince, only the ones we create. We can love both as best we can." -NannyI love Estranged for its beautiful (watercolor?) illustrations, elements of Fantasy, and expression of familial love. Semi-spoilers about the characters, and why I loved them. No plot spoilers. (view spoiler)[Alexis is such a strong, protective, and loving older sister. It doesn't matter that she and...
  • Bethany
    When the sorceress Hawthorne removes his parents and takes over the World Below, the Childe must find the changeling who replaced him in the human world. He is the only one who can defeat Hawthorne. When the Childe finds Edmund, he also discovers the kind of life he's been missing out on with his real parents.With no choice but to join the Childe, Edmund travels to the World Below. Together, they're the only ones who can save the throne, but they...
  • Amanda
    The art and the style of this really reminded me of Ben Hatke's work; if you liked this then you really should check out Hatke's Mighty Jack series and Zita the Spacegirl series and well, just ALL of his books because they are so BRILLIANT.All righty then, back to Estranged, creepy and cool and very good at the whole changeling mythology! I've never seen it done in a children's graphic novel before, and while I did guess that (view spoiler)[the b...
  • Kathleen
    I liked the concept of the story and the illustrations, both the sample color section and the rest of the story. I wasn't always on track with what was happening in the story having perhaps missed some of the details in the smaller pictures that may have been brought out more in a color version. I believe the fault may lie with me since I read more novels and am used to being spoonfed more information, not gleaning more of the details from pictur...
  • Jen
    I picked this book up at work because it sounded really interesting to me, despite the fact that I don't often read graphic novels. I really enjoyed the story in this, and the illustrations were beautiful and atmospheric. It's a beautifully rendered story about fay and changlings and what it means to be a family and to belong.  The characters were especially bright on the page, with lots of emotion to connect to and relationships that grew and b...
  • Jennifer Heine
    I think this book is going to be huge with upper Elementary and Middle Schoolers. I have already put it on my library order list for Fall, and can't wait to see it in full color. It is a graphic novel which draws in apprehensive readers, but also has a deep story line which will appeal to higher level fantasy readers as well. It's got a good bit of humor mixed in, and a lot of food for thought about what makes a family. I hope it is a "Book 1". I...
  • Alex
    Kick-ass big-sister-ing, intricate magic system and excellent world-building, gorgeous art, and a fantastic balance between character development and plot progression... (not to mention some hilariously inept guard-dragon-ing).It's easily one of the best graphic novels of the last few years, a spell-binding family drama caught between two worlds, with a hefty serving of rip-roaring adventure on the side.Not enough stories these days delve into ch...
  • Talia
    Can't wait to see this again in full-color, as the galley was printed in B/W! If you like the web-comic, definitely pick this up. It's so much easier to read this in book format as opposed to one page at a time online :)This is a fantasy story, based on the old tales of 'Changelings' (when a human baby is traded with a fairy baby.) In this case, Edmund is the changeling and he KNOWS he's not human . . . but he loves his family and just wants to l...
  • Emma Andje
    I love this graphic novel so stinking much! One the the best urban fantasy stories I have read in a while! It is dark, mysterious, and beautifully thought out. And I loved the way I felt like I was dropped into the story and removed from it almost as abruptly. I usually loathe this kind of storytelling, but IT WORKED FLAWLESSLY in Estranged! This will definitely be one of my go to recommendations for fantasy graphic novels for kids 10+!