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The Anybodies

By N.E. Bode

The Anybodies
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  • Hardcover: May 2004,
    288 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2005,
    288 pages.

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What if I were to TELL you that this is an all-true story, every word?

You see, once there was a VERY REAL girl named Fern who found out that she'd been swapped at birth. This might disturb some people, but it made Fern happy because she'd never felt at home with her tragically dull parents, the Drudgers. Fern finds out about the mix-up when the Bone (er, her father) and his "son," Howard, show up at Fern's front door. Now both families decide to UNSWAP the kids for the summer, and Fern heads off with the Bone on a wild adventure into a world inhabited by the Miser, a sinister fellow; and the Great Realdo, a true hero, to name just two.

This book promises suspense! Intrigue! Mystery! Fairies fall out of books! Birds turn into dogs! Nuns turn into lampposts! So I have no idea why you're still lingering here. . . . Start reading!

PART 1: THE SWAP AND UNSWAP
1.
A Flustered Nurse

Fern Drudger knew that her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Drudger, were dull.

Ridiculously dull.

Incredibly, tragically dull.

Mr. Drudger enjoyed discussing sod and lawn treatments. Mrs. Drudger collected advertising fliers that came in the mail, bargains on oil changes and mattress clearance sales. They gave Fern birthday gifts like a set of toothpicks or instruction manuals on how to build filing cabinets. They liked only dull things such as toasters (4), sponges (127), and refrigerator magnets (226)—and not those cute bunny shapes and such, but informative freebies from the plumber, the electrician and many from the firm where they worked, Beige & Beige. The Drudgers were both accountants. They didn’t like to take vacations from Beige & Beige, but didn’t want to cause a stir by not taking them either. So they loaded up the station wagon each summer and went to a place called Lost Lake. There was no lake, ...

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The Anybodies is undoubtedly a fun read. Think of it as a children's version of Jasper Fforde's 'Thursday Next' novels.....[with] the cast extended to include hobbits, fairies, and many other characters that reasonably well-read children will recognize. Those who enjoy books by Cornelia Funke (such as Inkheart) and Lemony Snicket will most likely appreciate The Anybodies.   (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).

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Publishers Weekly

Although engaging in places, this is a scattershot tale that tries too hard to duplicate the self-conscious delivery of the Lemony Snicket books (Here you could possibly decide that this is an altogether bad book), with echoes of a Molly Moon-type plot development. Ages 10-13.

School Library Journal - Mara Alpert

Grade 5-8–The writing is fluid, the characters are multifaceted, and the situations range from poignant to gloriously silly. Eye-catching, black-and-white sketches echo the story's nuances and add to the atmosphere. There's laugh-out-loud humor, fantasy, mystery, real-life family drama, and the potential for a sequel. What more could a reader want?

Kirkus Reviews

A writer for adults and YAs takes a pen name for this witty, sometimes hilarious tale, punctuated with authorial asides and featuring switched babies, hidden identities, magical transformations, and allusions to literary classics. ....Bode concocts a tangled plot with a clever twist at the end, plenty of loose threads to connect a sequel. Ages 10-13

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The Best Book Ever
This is the best book. The author is very good at writing. My favorite book ever published!

Annie

The Anybodies
This is the best book I ever read in my whole entire life! I like the dedication part and all the descriptive words the author puts in. This book is really funny to me. I think that everyone any age or grade should read this book, because if they ...   Read More

Anonymous

i like the anybodies because its so realistic that i can almost be in the story myself;)

Ali

It was great--full of magic and really funny. It was neat how she finally found her home, and even though she thought that her grandma had just forgotten her, she had known all along. All together great book, with fun plot and storyline. I ...   Read More

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The sequel to The Anybodies,  The Nobodies, was published a few weeks ago in hardcover.  Now reunited with her real family, eleven-year-old Fern goes to a camp to learn to practice the Anybody magic, where she unexpectedly faces the evil Mole, who has imprisoned the mysterious Nobodies in his factory basement.  Kirkus Reviews says, 'Inserting parenthetical descriptions of a jealous Creative Writing teacher's murder attempts, the pseudonymous "Bode" dishes up a confection that may disorient readers unfamiliar with the previous outing, but is nonetheless rich in mystery, action and self discovery-along with plenty of literary references for well-read audiences to pick up, and occasional urbane ...

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