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Six kids search for a new place to call home in this middle grade graphic novel debut by comic creators Cait May and Trevor Bream, for fans of Marvel's Runaways and The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag. Another Kind is not your average monster story. Tucked away in a government facility nicknamed the Playroom, six not-quite-human kids learn to control their strange and unpr Six kids search for a new place to call home in this middle grade graphic novel debut by comic creators Cait May and Trevor Bream, for fans of Marvel's Runaways and The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag. Another Kind is not your average monster story. Tucked away in a government facility nicknamed the Playroom, six not-quite-human kids learn to control their strange and unpredictable abilities. Life is good--or safe, at least--hidden from the prying eyes of a judgmental world. That is, until a security breach forces them out of their home and into the path of the Collector, a mysterious being with leech-like powers. Can the group band together to thwart the Collector's devious plan, or will they wind up the newest addition to his collection?


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Six kids search for a new place to call home in this middle grade graphic novel debut by comic creators Cait May and Trevor Bream, for fans of Marvel's Runaways and The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag. Another Kind is not your average monster story. Tucked away in a government facility nicknamed the Playroom, six not-quite-human kids learn to control their strange and unpr Six kids search for a new place to call home in this middle grade graphic novel debut by comic creators Cait May and Trevor Bream, for fans of Marvel's Runaways and The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag. Another Kind is not your average monster story. Tucked away in a government facility nicknamed the Playroom, six not-quite-human kids learn to control their strange and unpredictable abilities. Life is good--or safe, at least--hidden from the prying eyes of a judgmental world. That is, until a security breach forces them out of their home and into the path of the Collector, a mysterious being with leech-like powers. Can the group band together to thwart the Collector's devious plan, or will they wind up the newest addition to his collection?

30 review for Another Kind

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This is absolutely one of the sweetest, most heartstring-tugging, loveliest things I've read in such a long time — and one of the best depictions of the found family trope I've ever seen. The characters are so diverse and lovable, the storyline will break your heart and mend it all over again, and the art is stunning. The color palettes are vivid, the designs are detailed, and Maggie is so cute it hurts. I feel like I'm just rambling and gushing right now because this is one of those books that This is absolutely one of the sweetest, most heartstring-tugging, loveliest things I've read in such a long time — and one of the best depictions of the found family trope I've ever seen. The characters are so diverse and lovable, the storyline will break your heart and mend it all over again, and the art is stunning. The color palettes are vivid, the designs are detailed, and Maggie is so cute it hurts. I feel like I'm just rambling and gushing right now because this is one of those books that I loved so much, I don't know how to fit it into a coherent review. I just want to shove Another Kind into every kid's hands, and every adult's, too (especially if you love cryptids as much as I do). ♥ ✨ Representation: two nonbinary characters (including one character questioning and then coming out as nonbinary); most characters are BIPOC ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[the main plot point is that the "irregularities" (cryptids) are treated very poorly, hunted, etc. for being inhuman (hide spoiler)] Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review! ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A cryptid version of Marvel's Runaways. A yeti, will of the wisp, selkie, reptilian, werebear, and eldrich offspring escape from a government facility for irregularities. They don't know who to trust and go on the run in search for a home of their own. Everything about this was great. Cait May's art was great. The all-ages story was engaging and inclusive. I hope we get to see another book featuring these characters. A cryptid version of Marvel's Runaways. A yeti, will of the wisp, selkie, reptilian, werebear, and eldrich offspring escape from a government facility for irregularities. They don't know who to trust and go on the run in search for a home of their own. Everything about this was great. Cait May's art was great. The all-ages story was engaging and inclusive. I hope we get to see another book featuring these characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laynie Rose

    Another Kind is a one of a kind graphic novel! It completely sucked me into this little cryptid found family. I was so invested in their journey, completely on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the story telling of it, the cross country journey, the meeting of other irregulars, the way it was able to individually dive into each of the kid's backstories while not detracting from the overarching story. Actually, in a way that added to the overarching story! I also just adored the non-bi Another Kind is a one of a kind graphic novel! It completely sucked me into this little cryptid found family. I was so invested in their journey, completely on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the story telling of it, the cross country journey, the meeting of other irregulars, the way it was able to individually dive into each of the kid's backstories while not detracting from the overarching story. Actually, in a way that added to the overarching story! I also just adored the non-binary rep in the story! It's so so important to have that kind of representation available to kids and it made my heart soar to see it. Everything about this book captured my heart. So much love!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Rose

    This was adorable! I loved the mix of aliens and cryptozoology and myths. The journey of these six "irregulars" (i.e. monster children) searching for a home is both moving and fun. A great graphic novel for kids who like a little bit fantasy and monsters in their graphic novels. Thanks to Netgalley for the Advanced Earc! This was adorable! I loved the mix of aliens and cryptozoology and myths. The journey of these six "irregulars" (i.e. monster children) searching for a home is both moving and fun. A great graphic novel for kids who like a little bit fantasy and monsters in their graphic novels. Thanks to Netgalley for the Advanced Earc!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    I assumed this was just gonna be another X-Men rip, but once you accept the premise it's actually a very sweet and interesting story that reminded me a lot of the Life is Strange series and other found family/road trip-style stories, which I like a lot. I also thought the villain reveal was interesting and well-choreographed. I assumed this was just gonna be another X-Men rip, but once you accept the premise it's actually a very sweet and interesting story that reminded me a lot of the Life is Strange series and other found family/road trip-style stories, which I like a lot. I also thought the villain reveal was interesting and well-choreographed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    mad mags

    (Full disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book for review through Goodreads.) Tucked away in the Nevada desert, at the site commonly known as Area 51, is a "refuge" (emphasis on the scare quotes) for "Irregulars": super-powered men, women, and children who belong to mythical, crytozoological, or alien species. Over time, this particular government facility has earned the nickname "The Playground," since all of its six current occupants are children. There's Omar, a tender-hearted Nepalese Ye (Full disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book for review through Goodreads.) Tucked away in the Nevada desert, at the site commonly known as Area 51, is a "refuge" (emphasis on the scare quotes) for "Irregulars": super-powered men, women, and children who belong to mythical, crytozoological, or alien species. Over time, this particular government facility has earned the nickname "The Playground," since all of its six current occupants are children. There's Omar, a tender-hearted Nepalese Yeti; Sylvie, a psychic will-o'-the-wisp with a wicked alter ego; Jaali, a shapeshifting Nandi bear; Clarice, a newly-rescued selkie who rarely speaks; Newt, an alien lizard boy; and amphibious, tentacle-haired Maggie, "whatever she is." When the kids' relative safety is threatened by a corrupt agent - working for a mysterious baddie known only as "the Collector" - they're forced to go on the run: through the American Southwest, and on into Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Washington state. This found family has two goals: protect each other, and find (or make!) a home. During their adventures, they find allies in unexpected places, and discover that they're far from alone in the world. I enjoyed ANOTHER KIND so much more than I expected to. I have a hit or miss relationship with middle grade books; some just skew a little too young for me. And while ANOTHER KIND does feel like a MG graphic novel, it's definitely one that grownups can enjoy as well. While the "whole boarding schools for superpowered kids" is hardly new, the plot still feels fresh and creative. The characters are all complex and captivating, even if they might seem like cryptozoological cutouts at first blush. (Most of the characters get a flashback sequence that tells the story of how they ended up at The Playground; while all their tales are heartbreaking, I think it's Clarice's that did me in. Spoiler alert: her selkie parents were drowned in a fishing net. Go vegan, people.) I especially love how kind and accepting (and, occasionally, downright revolutionary) so many of the kids turn out to be. The older kids seem to have an infinite amount of patience for six-year-old Maggie, and Omar and Jaal - big, hulking almost-men that they are - are like the antitheses of toxic masculinity. (You love to see it.) After meeting a genderqueer pickpocket in Chicago, Newt realizes that he might be binary, and it's kind of NBD - except, of course, for the simple joy of realizing who you are. My favorite scene, though, has got to be when the kids visit a ramshackle carnival in search of others like them - but find only poorly executed cryptid forgeries, and forlorn, imprisoned nonhuman animals. Hoping against hope that the advertised werebear would be his missing father, Jaal instead finds a sad, elderly ursine. Empathizing with her plight - Jaal eluded the same kidnapper that got his father; and also, the kids have all been treated as specimens to be loathed, feared, exploited and imprisoned in their short lives - Jaal and his friends bust the carnival wide open and set his bear cousin free. (Again, you love to see it.) ANOTHER KIND (of monster) is a lovely tale for young and old(er) readers alike: it's got action, adventure, heart, aliens and monsters, found family (my favorite kind!), even a Romeo & Juliet-esque subplot. Once I dived in, I didn't even mind that only the first 32 pages of the ARC I received for review were printed in color, on glossy paper (the rest being plain old black and white). And by page 228, when the artwork reverted to simple sketches (obviously not yet completed for the final version), I was too invested to even consider stopping.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    This was such an incredible story about friendship, love, and a beautiful found family. Mixing together Marvel’s Runaways with Hotel Transylvania, Another Kind is a heartwarming graphic novel that is ideal for a young person and the young at heart, basically everyone! Found Family is a trope that is near and dear to my heart. So the fact that this book has an ideal cast of characters, makes it the perfect book to tug at your heart strings. There is incredible representation of genders and ethnici This was such an incredible story about friendship, love, and a beautiful found family. Mixing together Marvel’s Runaways with Hotel Transylvania, Another Kind is a heartwarming graphic novel that is ideal for a young person and the young at heart, basically everyone! Found Family is a trope that is near and dear to my heart. So the fact that this book has an ideal cast of characters, makes it the perfect book to tug at your heart strings. There is incredible representation of genders and ethnicities (as well as a race of reptilian aliens). I look for books that aren’t cookie cutter and Another Kind breaks the mold completely! I can’t wait for this book to be out there in the world for everyone to fall in love with it like I have. I really hope we get to have more time with these characters in the future. (Hint Hint! Another book, preferably! Maybe a series of them.) Thank You to Harper Alley for accepting my request for an eARC on NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this one. It's a story about "Irregularities"--kids with different powers and abilities--who are being hunted by multiple groups while trying to find a safe place to be themselves. It's got a diverse cast of characters (REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT) and a sweet "found family" theme running throughout the book. Our rag-tag group (there's a yeti, an alien, a werebear, a selkie, a fae, and a delightful little Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this one. It's a story about "Irregularities"--kids with different powers and abilities--who are being hunted by multiple groups while trying to find a safe place to be themselves. It's got a diverse cast of characters (REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT) and a sweet "found family" theme running throughout the book. Our rag-tag group (there's a yeti, an alien, a werebear, a selkie, a fae, and a delightful little sea creature) loves and protects one another at all costs. I really enjoyed learning the backstories of all the kids (though I definitely want more), and I adored the family that they stayed with in the middle of the book. I just wanted all these precious beans to be safe and happy. I immediately added this to my library cart. My students will love it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)

    I hadn't really heard much about this book, but I picked it up off the shelf at the library and I'm glad that I did! Not only was the art in it really well done, the characters were great and I loved the premise of the story. Maybe a little on the long side, but I would revisit a story with these characters again for sure! I hadn't really heard much about this book, but I picked it up off the shelf at the library and I'm glad that I did! Not only was the art in it really well done, the characters were great and I loved the premise of the story. Maybe a little on the long side, but I would revisit a story with these characters again for sure!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather Freeman

    This is an absolute delight of a book, and I can't wait to buy a physical copy!! It's got solid world-building, an amazing array of cryptids ranging from more traditional yetis to Reptilians, a heartwarming found family core, and a solid balance of realistic, tragic backstories and happily-ever-after hopeful moments. (It also has some really great peripheral nonbinary representation and one character's discovery of their own gender identity.) The only slight critique I can offer is that I wish t This is an absolute delight of a book, and I can't wait to buy a physical copy!! It's got solid world-building, an amazing array of cryptids ranging from more traditional yetis to Reptilians, a heartwarming found family core, and a solid balance of realistic, tragic backstories and happily-ever-after hopeful moments. (It also has some really great peripheral nonbinary representation and one character's discovery of their own gender identity.) The only slight critique I can offer is that I wish this were a series and that it had developed over hundreds of additional pages!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    KennytheKat

    This book is extremely cool. This is the first graphic novel I have ever ready but it was really good and a great experience, I will definitely be rereading this book again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was an enjoyable story. I think the middle was a little drawn out and so the ending felt rushed, but I loved the characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Just LOOK at this amazing cast of characters. Just LOOK at this amazing cast of characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    When I saw this title suggested for fans of The Witch Boy, I was so excited and thrilled to get my hands on an ARC. There ended up being a lot of greatness in this graphic novel, but the flaws are difficult to ignore. Pros/things done really well: -Representation - The non-binary representation was both subtle and impactful. -Artwork - I love this style, I love the colors, and even more so, there were a few pages toward the end involving Sylvia (no spoilers) that took my breath away. -Overall appe When I saw this title suggested for fans of The Witch Boy, I was so excited and thrilled to get my hands on an ARC. There ended up being a lot of greatness in this graphic novel, but the flaws are difficult to ignore. Pros/things done really well: -Representation - The non-binary representation was both subtle and impactful. -Artwork - I love this style, I love the colors, and even more so, there were a few pages toward the end involving Sylvia (no spoilers) that took my breath away. -Overall appeal - Children are fascinated by supernatural, cryptids, urban legends, etc. A graphic novel featuring yetis and Bigfoot are sure to become popular. -Characters - The main characters are likable and I was quick to invest into their well-beings! -Themes - This GN touched on a lot of wonderful and important themes like identity, friendship, and family. Cons/what I didn’t like: -TOO many protagonists - There are 6 main “irregularities.” We get a glimpse into each of their origins, but it was forced at times and lacking. -TOO many secondary and tertiary characters - We are introduced to a number of other characters and “families,” that are quickly met and left within a few pages. -TOO much story - There are too many storylines jammed into this one book: the origin stories for the 6 protagonists, the Playroom, the Collector, the rivalry between other irregularity groups, and more. -Conspiracy theories - The author took conspiracy theories and made them a significant part of Newt’s storyline. I laughed at first, and then realized it bugged me. Why play into that? Overall, it’s TOO busy. Because it is one graphic novel, the story moves quickly and there’s not enough time to develop the characters or the plot well. This would have done better as book 1 of a series. We wouldn’t need to shove every story and plot and adventure into one book if this was one of a few. Wrap up - This was a very good graphic novel that has a lot of potential, but fails to deliver due to there being too many good ideas crammed into one book. *I received this in exchange for an honest review via Netgally.*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    I came very close to giving this book a fifth star, but the ending and part of the "inclusiveness" began to bother me. The ending is a genuine happy ending that simply doesn't work. If the bad guy is permanently gone, and was killed by the actions of the group...well, okay, that provides the opportunity for what they want to do next, but it doesn't feel right. If they've simply set him way back, which seems possible based on HIS powers, then the ending still doesn't feel right. Believing that the I came very close to giving this book a fifth star, but the ending and part of the "inclusiveness" began to bother me. The ending is a genuine happy ending that simply doesn't work. If the bad guy is permanently gone, and was killed by the actions of the group...well, okay, that provides the opportunity for what they want to do next, but it doesn't feel right. If they've simply set him way back, which seems possible based on HIS powers, then the ending still doesn't feel right. Believing that the bad guy is dead is more convenient, but requires more suspension of disbelief, if that makes sense. The other thing is a little weird. This story has a very tiny, almost throwaway plot about gender diversity. It has literally nothing to do with the other parts of the story, and only comes up twice, many pages apart, but the way it was included in the story felt a little forced, rather than truly inclusive. I don't know what I would have wanted instead, but as it was, that part of the story felt tacked on, rather than naturally flowing. Still, the story is really cool. The basic idea isn't that different from the original X-Men, in terms of those being sufficiently different from mainstream humans being hunted or persecuted. In this case, these kids and teens in the story are all related to cryptids or "supernatural" or "magical" entities or types of being. As a result, they end up banding together through a truly strange set of adventures, but even by the end, I'm still worried by one of the characters. She might be totally innocent, or she might be the half-human child of Cthulhu who just happens to like snack food. The group of cryptid-hunters in the van were great, especially once the reader gets to really learn a bit about them. I do wish we'd learned more about some of the cryptids who wandered in and out of the story, but I understand that the book would have been longer with that added. I will be recommending this book to readers of middle school age and up. It's a good, fun adventure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    Thought to be safe the Playroom is home to six "irregularities", children who aren't quite human. When security breaches occur and the children are moved a traitor agent is revealed which shakes their faith in the Playroom. Deciding to head off on their own, avoiding both agents and other forces, the children hope to find a safe space they can call home no matter how far it might be. Rumours of a Sanctuary reach their ears but if they can even reach it will it end up being too good to be true? Wi Thought to be safe the Playroom is home to six "irregularities", children who aren't quite human. When security breaches occur and the children are moved a traitor agent is revealed which shakes their faith in the Playroom. Deciding to head off on their own, avoiding both agents and other forces, the children hope to find a safe space they can call home no matter how far it might be. Rumours of a Sanctuary reach their ears but if they can even reach it will it end up being too good to be true? With a striking cover and an interesting description featuring supernatural children I was quite excited to read this graphic novel, it did not disappoint. The art was spectacular, catching my attention and refusing to let it go with a gorgeous colour palette. The story was quite beautiful featuring a likable cast of characters dealing with topics of found family, identity, and acceptance. I really enjoyed getting to learn about the children's backstories as they were slowly revealed, All were heartbreaking and reinforced the importance of compassion. The mystery of the Collector was intriguing but sometimes felt a little lost, I would have liked to see it play out a bit more over a series or a stronger focus in this title. Overall it was an incredible read that families should enjoy. Another Kind is a touching graphic novel about belonging whether that be in a place, group, or your own skin. Featuring a great cast of supernatural children and a frightening villain it will feel especially fun this Halloween. Thank you to the publisher for an advanced digital copy to review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKN CUTE AND GOOD. It's out NOW and a perfect read for Halloween! Thank you again Claire Draper and Harper Alley for the finished copy. I loved this so much. “Oh sure, just search ‘Hi, where can a group of six monsters that may or may not include: a [were]bear, a selkie, a yeti, an alien, a will-o-the-wisp, and whatever maggie is, go hide because the government is after them?” I’m sure that would work out perfectly.” What I loved: •adventure •familiar characters •Maggie!! •found THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKN CUTE AND GOOD. It's out NOW and a perfect read for Halloween! Thank you again Claire Draper and Harper Alley for the finished copy. I loved this so much. “Oh sure, just search ‘Hi, where can a group of six monsters that may or may not include: a [were]bear, a selkie, a yeti, an alien, a will-o-the-wisp, and whatever maggie is, go hide because the government is after them?” I’m sure that would work out perfectly.” What I loved: •adventure •familiar characters •Maggie!! •found family •amazing artwork •Clarice (nonverbal) •the detail that went into this journey Another Kind's "irregularities" are all based on conspiracy theories we've heard about over the years and folklore from different spaces. We get to see where each character came from and how they ended up at the playroom together. Those backstories were added in perfectly and didn't take away/interrupt from the story at all. The characters make pit stops with adventures that help keep you on your toes about what the ending will be. Each character has to face a hard mindset they need to overcome. This book made me cry on several occasions. Overall, I highly recommend this graphic novel! Click here and read Bri's review on the Lizard Man choice/origins.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    If you took Marvel's Runaways mash it with James Patterson's Maximum Ride, add a sprinkle of X-Men, and gloss it with a child/middle school/young teen version of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid novels then you get Another Kind. Series? I have mix feelings. On one hand, I feel like it is good as a standalone, but there is potential there to expand. Jaali gets a surprise at the end, which was heart-warming to see. Newt's extended family's (for the lack of better word that doesn't induce spoilers) plans If you took Marvel's Runaways mash it with James Patterson's Maximum Ride, add a sprinkle of X-Men, and gloss it with a child/middle school/young teen version of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid novels then you get Another Kind. Series? I have mix feelings. On one hand, I feel like it is good as a standalone, but there is potential there to expand. Jaali gets a surprise at the end, which was heart-warming to see. Newt's extended family's (for the lack of better word that doesn't induce spoilers) plans are a bit alarming that was just calmly slid in there. The end itself is up to debate about what the group is going to choose. Favorite Moment Mystery Character: "You look...FAMILIAR. Have we met?" Omar: "I don't believe so, but in a weird way we...might be RELATED?" Mystery Character: "Well, I'll be darned! A YETI, here in my woods! Come on back to my place, kids. I'll get a kettle on." Favorite part of the entire book, due to the above dialogue! There are some other cute moments, like the friends of the mystery character. The mystery character was great to see, because you have to include this character when having a book like this. Age/Grade Level If there was ever a book that is right on the line between juvenile and teen this would be it! It is pretty much at 6th grade, which is hard within itself for sixth grade books can go into juvenile or teen collections. Personally, I would put it in teen to give the teen collection more variety in terms of ages, but to be honest you could make a case for either. I will note that unless I imagine it there is 1 c-word for poop. Verdict: This was a good book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meghan - The Book Dragon

    Another Kind by Trevor Bream and Cait May is a delightful example of a graphic novel that draws you in with bright, appealing pictures and a cool concept. But it really shines in its storytelling. Following a group of “Irregularities”, kids who are a hybrid of human and animal or alien, from an institution called the Playroom, the story moves from safety to danger as the kids try to find themselves in a cruel world that does not accept them for who they are. Forced to hide from normal humans and Another Kind by Trevor Bream and Cait May is a delightful example of a graphic novel that draws you in with bright, appealing pictures and a cool concept. But it really shines in its storytelling. Following a group of “Irregularities”, kids who are a hybrid of human and animal or alien, from an institution called the Playroom, the story moves from safety to danger as the kids try to find themselves in a cruel world that does not accept them for who they are. Forced to hide from normal humans and from people who would wish to do them harm, this group of kids find a family within each other. Each child has an origin story within the novel to illustrate how they ended up in the Playroom and most are heartbreaking stories of loss and rejection. One character also has a coming out story as nonbinary and is met with love and acceptance by their found family. Many characters are also POC highlighting the overall themes of representation and acceptance for who you truly are. Another Kind really tugged at my heartstrings. The characters were so relatable, and the love they had for each other was evident on every page. This story is perfect for kids who love myths and monsters, adventure and sibling love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    4.5 stars This was an absolutely amazing graphic novel! I loved the fact that it was longer than a lot of the graphic novels I have read. There was so much room for character development and plot. The characters were absolutely fantastic. There were basically 6 main characters and I loved them all. This book revolves around 6 not so human kids who are stuck in an underground facility due to them being...no quite human. When one of the agents double crosses them and tries to take them to The Colle 4.5 stars This was an absolutely amazing graphic novel! I loved the fact that it was longer than a lot of the graphic novels I have read. There was so much room for character development and plot. The characters were absolutely fantastic. There were basically 6 main characters and I loved them all. This book revolves around 6 not so human kids who are stuck in an underground facility due to them being...no quite human. When one of the agents double crosses them and tries to take them to The Collector, the kids manage to get away and are just trying to find their place in the world while trying to stay away from being captured. The *more* main characters are the older ones and it is more than adorable how they are trying to protect the younger ones. They each have their own "irregularity" (will-o-the-wisp, half yeti, alien etc) and they each had their own backstory that we got to learn about. There was one backstory that especially pulled on all my heartstrings and really hit me in the feels. The artwork was absolutely fantastic. It was so colorful and it really brought so much to the story and the characters. There was also a lot of great LGBTQ+ representation which is always a plus! I 100% recommend this graphic novel to anyone and everyone!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Another Kind is the story of a group of six young irregularities - a term which encompasses yetis, selkies, aliens, and more. The children live together in what they believe to be a safe, if boring, home and school for people like them, where they learn about how to focus their powers. When they learn that they’re being watched spied on from someone outside their home, someone who wants them for his own nefarious purposes, they have to escape and figure out how to survive and stop him in a world Another Kind is the story of a group of six young irregularities - a term which encompasses yetis, selkies, aliens, and more. The children live together in what they believe to be a safe, if boring, home and school for people like them, where they learn about how to focus their powers. When they learn that they’re being watched spied on from someone outside their home, someone who wants them for his own nefarious purposes, they have to escape and figure out how to survive and stop him in a world that doesn’t know they exist. At its core, this is a story about found family and fighting for freedom and what’s right. I loved how unique each of the main characters was and the way they bonded together. Some of the characters were more fleshed out and had fuller arcs than others, and it would be great if there were sequels written which look into the stories and backgrounds of some of the less-explored characters. The artwork was also excellent. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I think it will be a hit with the target audience. Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins for the eARC.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Another Kind is delightful graphic novel full fun of, mystery and American folklore. It also checks so many of my boxes. Queer characters? Of course. Similar to Stranger Things? Yep. Full of cryptids? Heck yeah. Found family trope? Big time. This book was clearly a huge success for me and I think our students will really enjoy, especially if they are fans of things like Buzzfeed: Unsolved or the TV show supernatural. It follows a group of cryptid kids trying to escape a mysterious government fig Another Kind is delightful graphic novel full fun of, mystery and American folklore. It also checks so many of my boxes. Queer characters? Of course. Similar to Stranger Things? Yep. Full of cryptids? Heck yeah. Found family trope? Big time. This book was clearly a huge success for me and I think our students will really enjoy, especially if they are fans of things like Buzzfeed: Unsolved or the TV show supernatural. It follows a group of cryptid kids trying to escape a mysterious government figure, and it takes all across the U.S. There's even a whole section on all the cryptids you might run into as you cross the country. Even my favorite, the Loveland Frogman was included! This story also features two nonbinary characters. These storylines are told with nuance, and both characters are only met with love and support when they came out. One of the characters has a compelling and relatable journey with gender and body dysmorphia, and I'm so excited for trans kids to read it. Overall, this is an excellent book that I can't wait to get into our library. I'm so excited for more people to experience this wonderful bit of magic, joy and found family.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Another Kind is delightful graphic novel full fun of, mystery and American folklore. It also checks so many of my boxes. Queer characters? Of course. Similar to Stranger Things? Yep. Full of cryptids? Heck yeah. Found family trope? Big time. This book was clearly a huge success for me and I think our students will really enjoy, especially if they are fans of things like Buzzfeed: Unsolved or the TV show supernatural. It follows a group of cryptid kids trying to escape a mysterious government fig Another Kind is delightful graphic novel full fun of, mystery and American folklore. It also checks so many of my boxes. Queer characters? Of course. Similar to Stranger Things? Yep. Full of cryptids? Heck yeah. Found family trope? Big time. This book was clearly a huge success for me and I think our students will really enjoy, especially if they are fans of things like Buzzfeed: Unsolved or the TV show supernatural. It follows a group of cryptid kids trying to escape a mysterious government figure, and it takes all across the U.S. There's even a whole section on all the cryptids you might run into as you cross the country. Even my favorite, the Loveland Frogman was included! This story also features two nonbinary characters. These storylines are told with nuance, and both characters are only met with love and support when they came out. One of the characters has a compelling and relatable journey with gender and body dysmorphia, and I'm so excited for trans kids to read it. Overall, this is an excellent book that I can't wait to get into our library. I'm so excited for more people to experience this wonderful bit of magic, joy and found family.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books - HarperAlley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This book was the two I's: Interesting and Intense. At first I was confused at the age group for this graphic novel. I would not probably recommend this for middle grade due to the violence and graphic scenes but for the high schoolers - adult most definitely. I do agree that fans of Marvel's Runaways will apprec This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books - HarperAlley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This book was the two I's: Interesting and Intense. At first I was confused at the age group for this graphic novel. I would not probably recommend this for middle grade due to the violence and graphic scenes but for the high schoolers - adult most definitely. I do agree that fans of Marvel's Runaways will appreciate this series due to its similarity of a group of out of the ordinary misfits set out to save themselves and everyone else from the powers and strategists of the Collector. The artwork in this book was so breathtaking that I had to continue. The language use was perfect in correlating with the story. I can definitely see our teen book club go crazy for this and have enticing discussions. We will consider adding this title to our Y Graphic Novel collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tamikan

    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC. Pros: -Great full-color artwork - Diverse group of characters Cons: - Some characters are underdeveloped - The story kind of wandered a little longer than it needed to This was a fun read. It reminded me of The House in the Cerulean Sea meets Supernatural. A group of kids with extraordinary powers are being kept in a safe facility until a mysterious collector tries to kidnap them. The group is left to travel the United States in search of help and fin Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC. Pros: -Great full-color artwork - Diverse group of characters Cons: - Some characters are underdeveloped - The story kind of wandered a little longer than it needed to This was a fun read. It reminded me of The House in the Cerulean Sea meets Supernatural. A group of kids with extraordinary powers are being kept in a safe facility until a mysterious collector tries to kidnap them. The group is left to travel the United States in search of help and find it in aliens, folklore monsters, and those friendly to their kind. I felt like this had both too much and not enough at the same time and probably would have benefitted by being two parts. While some characters get pages and pages of backstory, others only get a few or even one page to flesh out their background. Overall a great graphic novel for your kiddos who feel like they don't fit in. I would read more from this team.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I received an eARC of this title through NetGalley in return for an honest review. This graphic novel is perfect for middle grade level reading, however, can be enjoyed by older audiences. Another Kind is about a group of kids who are known in this world as 'irregularities'. I absolutely loved this story. It touches on so many different important subjects including found families and gender identity. With the main characters being a variety of beings such as will-o-the-wisps and aliens, the story I received an eARC of this title through NetGalley in return for an honest review. This graphic novel is perfect for middle grade level reading, however, can be enjoyed by older audiences. Another Kind is about a group of kids who are known in this world as 'irregularities'. I absolutely loved this story. It touches on so many different important subjects including found families and gender identity. With the main characters being a variety of beings such as will-o-the-wisps and aliens, the story seamlessly incorporates these important topics wrapped in an intriguing adventure of finding a safe place to stay. The art is also really well done. The concept of each character and their power is gorgeously rendered in a visual medium. Whether it is how the reptilians shift to human form or the selkie child when she shifts into a seal. I highly recommend this title to young and old alike.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    Families come in all forms. The family at the center of this graphic novel with an appealing color scheme and gorgeous artwork is made up of 6 "irregulars" who have unique powers, characteristics, and origin stories. At the start of the story, the location where they are living under the radar is compromised. When they attempt to move to a new location, they get into even more trouble when they realize that an agent who is supposed to be protecting them is the one leading them to danger. Thus, t Families come in all forms. The family at the center of this graphic novel with an appealing color scheme and gorgeous artwork is made up of 6 "irregulars" who have unique powers, characteristics, and origin stories. At the start of the story, the location where they are living under the radar is compromised. When they attempt to move to a new location, they get into even more trouble when they realize that an agent who is supposed to be protecting them is the one leading them to danger. Thus, their need to set out on their own to find a place where they can belong, be free and be safe. The characters they meet along the way show us that even when you feel alone or like an outsider, there are people we connect with all around us, near and far.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    4.75 Thank you so much to Claire Draper for sending me a copy of this wonderful book! TW: (view spoiler)[ gun violence, bullying, death, parent death, grief, car crash, confinement, forced institutionalization, animal cruelty, blood (only a little bit), violence, stalking, potential anti-semitism (see-below) (hide spoiler)] This book was pitched to me as cryptid kids, found family, and a diverse cast, and it gave EXACTLY what it needed to give! This charming and adventurous novel made me so emot 4.75 Thank you so much to Claire Draper for sending me a copy of this wonderful book! TW: (view spoiler)[ gun violence, bullying, death, parent death, grief, car crash, confinement, forced institutionalization, animal cruelty, blood (only a little bit), violence, stalking, potential anti-semitism (see-below) (hide spoiler)] This book was pitched to me as cryptid kids, found family, and a diverse cast, and it gave EXACTLY what it needed to give! This charming and adventurous novel made me so emotional SO many times and I just fell absolutely in love with the story and the characters. There was incredible nonbinary representation and that certainly dragged a few tears out of me. Highly recommend for my fellow fans of found family tropes and cryptids/monsters. Separately, I would like to point out a choice that was made in this book that I'm not going to take any points off for but I do think is VERY important to mention: One of the kids is a "lizard-person" AKA the kind of lizard people that some conspiracy theorists believe control politics and the economy and the media and things like that. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know this but those specific conspiracies mirror Nazi rhetoric and can actually be traced back to reveal that they were started by a lot of known anti-semites in order to spread anti-semitic propaganda. It's something that mostly only Jewish people tend to know about - in general there needs to be a lot more education on what anti-semitism looks like - but it is something that rubbed me the wrong way while reading this. Even though I'm 100% sure this book wasn't trying to push Nazi propaganda, it was still present in this novel and as a Jewish person, I feel like I need to bring this up so others can become aware of this potentially damaging factor.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kiri

    Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. I know I may be biased on this one, but I am a HUGE sucker for cryptids and this graphic novel did not disappoint! It is a very fun read about a group of cryptid kids who live in a government facility until they are forced out and have to face the dangers of the world and a person called "the Collector." I absolutely loved the characters and their backstories and thought the Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. I know I may be biased on this one, but I am a HUGE sucker for cryptids and this graphic novel did not disappoint! It is a very fun read about a group of cryptid kids who live in a government facility until they are forced out and have to face the dangers of the world and a person called "the Collector." I absolutely loved the characters and their backstories and thought the plot was well fleshed out. The illustrations were also lovely. I can't wait to purchase it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Peek

    This is such a wonderful middle grade graphic novel. The art is gorgeous and the story was fantastic! It’s a great found family story of child “irregularities”, or cryptids who have to escape the facility they were being held at and their journey to find a home where they belong. Along the way they meet other irregularities that point them in the direction of a place called Sanctuary. Of course they also have to avoid people trying to hunt them and capture them for the mysterious Collector. Can This is such a wonderful middle grade graphic novel. The art is gorgeous and the story was fantastic! It’s a great found family story of child “irregularities”, or cryptids who have to escape the facility they were being held at and their journey to find a home where they belong. Along the way they meet other irregularities that point them in the direction of a place called Sanctuary. Of course they also have to avoid people trying to hunt them and capture them for the mysterious Collector. Can they make it safely to Sanctuary or will the Collector get them in his clutches. You’ll have to read to find out!

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