From the book jacket: 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! (Ages 9+)
Comment: N.E. Bode is the loosely veiled pseudonym of adult novelist Julianna Baggot (Girl Talk, 2001 & various short stories and poems). Like a number of recent children's authors, Bode remains a tangible presence in the story by keeping up a continuous stream of asides addressed directly to the reader. Personally, I find this style of writing mildly irritating as I find the commentary pulls me out of the story, rather than drawing me in; but then again, I'm about 3 decades older than the intended target audience, so what do I know about it!
Putting that mild criticism aside, The Anybodies is ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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