Cover image for Estranged / Ethan M. Aldridge.
Estranged / Ethan M. Aldridge.

First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.
Enduring lives where their differences render them outcasts, a changeling and a human child must unite when a cruel sorceress ascends the throne, placing the fates of both worlds in their hands.
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 8-12.


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Rising star author-illustrator Ethan M. Aldridge delivers a fantasy adventure with all the makings of a classic. Illustrated with over two-hundred pages of watercolor paintings, this epic graphic novel is 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, his fae powers hidden from his unsuspecting parents and his older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being a human makes him a curiosity at the royal palace.

But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne seizes the throne, the Childe and Edmund must unite on a dangerous quest to save both worlds--even if they're not sure which world they belong to.

"A splendid tale of faery magic and adventurous siblings, all told in gorgeously rendered watercolor panels: this is exactly my kind of thing." --Ben Hatke, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy

"It's got dragons. It's got drama. It's got depth. And it's got me impatiently awaiting Ethan M. Aldridge's next eye-popping adventure." --Tim Federle, award-winning author of Better Nate Than Ever and Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

"A compelling story about finding identity in a world where magic dangers lurk just around the corner. I loved Estranged!" --Molly Ostertag, author-illustrator of The Witch Boy

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Stolen at birth and replaced with a fae changeling, Edmund grows up as a human spectacle, called only the Childe, in the fae World Below. When he escapes a coup that leaves the only family he has ever known dead, he flees to the human world-the World Above-in hopes of finding his changeling, the one true heir to the fae throne. Accompanied by his only friend, Whick, a candlestick golem, the two locate the changeling, who has recently realized that he does not belong in the human world. To navigate a world of assassins and magic and determine who they really are, the two must learn to trust one another and somehow live in each other's worlds. Newcomer Aldridge delivers a fun, daring, and dark take on the classic switched-at-birth narrative, with themes and art that fall into the realm of Neil Gaiman, Michael Ende, and Jim Henson. Coupled with the beautifully toned watercolor art, the interdependence of and tension between the two protagonists makes this book stand out. Ages 8-12. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.