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The Anybodies (Anybodies #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,498 ratings  ·  279 reviews
"Potter–style magic meets Snicket–y irreverence." – People Magazine

Fern discovers that she was swapped at birth and leaves her tragically dull parents for an unforgettable adventure with her true father, the Bone. Just who are the Anybodies? You'll have to read to find out! Narrated by the hilariously intrusive N. E. Bode, The Anybodies is a magical adventure for readers o
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by HarperCollins (first published May 25th 2004)
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Took me a while to get into it but I ended up really liking it - - a very original story and I like the references to all the books. Here's the review from

Grade 5-8–This inventive novel has elements of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart (Scholastic, 2003) and Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins). Fern Drudger, an imaginative misfit in her extraordinarily boring family, discovers that she and Howard Bone were switched at birth. The adults decide that the children w
Sep 26, 2011 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brenda by: Kathryn
A story with a slow beginning but when it gets going it is a really enjoyable read. Fern has always felt like she doesn't fit in with the Drudger's. When "The Bone" shows up at her doorstep and explains that there was a baby switch at the hospital, things begin to click into place for Fern. The two families decide that the children should trade places and spend the summer with their birth parent. It is on this summer that Fern discovers some hidden truths about her new father, deceased mother an ...more
What a fun book! I've never had a book dedicated to me, so I started the book with a smile on my face. I loved the author's commentary as the story went along - although sometimes the transition between story and commentary was a little abrupt. As I was reading, I thought I would be giving the book 4 stars - until the house made of books! I want to live there!
This is a must for children's book lovers! It mimics the styles of Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, and many more, and beyond that, references them, too. It features a girl who can bring elements out of the books they came from and a grandmother with a house literally made of books. And the characters! They are all quirky and lovable, and even the antagonist is given a chance to be explained. Mad props to any book that can explain the effects of trauma on a person's ability to love. Eas ...more
What can I say? I have a weakness for books that:
A. Contain references to some my favourite works of literature,
B. Have humorous notes from the author interspersed throughout, and
C. Are quirky, original, and thoroughly lovable.

This book was right up my alley. Not to mention it was dedicated to me!!! {No, not you. Me. I'm sure you probably thought it was talking about you, but it was definitely talking about me. ;)}
This book is so wonderful, fun, exciting and unique. Gives a whole new meaning to the story of discovering who you are! If I was going to write a book I think it would be something like this. Also make books seem very exciting and powerful.
This was a fun and silly read.
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Jenna F
The Anybodies
by Jenna Foxhoven

Summary: The book “The Anybodies” is the first book of a series written by N.E. Bode (En-Ee-Body) and its partnering books in the series are ‘The Some bodies” and “The Nobodies”. This book is centered on the main character Fern, who lives with her no resemblance “Parents” The Drudgers. When she gets suspicious of things happening to her, she starts to zoom into the past of The Miser, Bone, and The Great Realdo. This book goes through crazy things like crickets from
The author of this book is hysterical. Every now and then he stops the story to explain that his English teacher would have been disappointed that he used a certain word. Or, he will stop and tell the reader that he promises the book will get better if we can just hang in there a little longer.

Anyway, the story is about a girl who ends up going home with the wrong family at birth. Then the family she really belongs to ends up with the wrong child as well. So, the families finally end up swappin
It was a bit random and not my cup of tea but it was entertaining.
This author really knows us readers. Throughout the book, I felt like she was speaking directly to me, a weirdly odd but pleasant sensation. Like when she interrupts the story on p. 23 to advise the reader to take a sip of water, and look around to make sure the house isn't on fire. As she writes: "Sometimes I would have appreciated a quick reminder from the author concerning the outside world; and I swore if I ever wrote a book, I would include one."

At that very moment I was about to take a si
Amy Amanda
Another book that makes me think of a song... or the other way around. Matchbox season's "Unwell" has a line that says,

But I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me
I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired
I know right now you don't care
But soon enough you're gonna think of me
And how I used to be

There is a character in this book who is constantly writing letters and saying, "As you know, I haven't been my
Monica Fastenau
I love all the literary references to famous children’s books at Mrs. Appleplum’s house (that is, Fern’s grandmother). In fact, Mrs. Appleplum sets up a series of tests for Fern to see if she will recognize all the references. The narrator, though not as distinctive as Lemony Snicket, is entertaining enough. And Fern herself is great. She has always struggled to fit in with her bland family, and now she is in a wild new world where she can shake things out of books and reach into paintings and m ...more
Iliana Garcia
Yes, I know, kind of like a child book. But this is one of my favorites, since I could remember. This book will take you on a whole other level of wonder. I come by and read it at least once every year. Analyzing this book has brought me into complete awe, seeing a whole other view of this book. I must admit I was mind blown! The only downside to this book would be that the book is separated into three parts, which confused me, since the second part would start off where the second part would le ...more
Kathy Stone
The writing style of this book is quite immature and therefore annoying to read. I am no longer a sixth grader and world prefer not to be insulted with extra exclamation points and random italicized words. There is no reason to shout at one's readers.

That being said this is a story where a child does find out that her parents are not her parents and she truly is someone's else's daughter. Bode ( who is using an alias)probably because the writing style is so horrendous, wants children to see tha
I don't know how many times I read this as a kid. It was quite a few. I got a whim to read it again and I still really like it, though it's shorter and not as well-plotted as I remember. There are still dozens of references to children's books though (always a clear winner in, and Fern is still an awesome protagonist. I love how her relationship with the Bone develops through the book--I didn't remember that part, and I still love the ending. (Ha, and the hobbits. When I first read th ...more
I stumbled upon this book after reading the PURE trilogy by Julianna Baggott. I wanted to see if she had written anything else, and I discovered that she had also written some books for children under the pseudonym of N.E. Bode. I really enjoyed this book. It is written for children between the ages of 10-13, but I found it to be a wonderfully inventive story that adults would enjoy as a quick, quirky read. This would be a great read-a-loud book for younger kids, too. I loved her descriptive lan ...more
Mykele Miller
The anybodies is about about a girl named Fern who was switched at birth from her real parents. Fern isn't like her fake parents because she is special while her fake parents only care about dull things that Fern doesn't like. Fern's real father comes one day to say that Fern isn't there real child. Fern's father then takes fern on a mission to save her mother's book from being put into the wrong hands. Fern may have powers like her mother but does she have the raw talent like her mother. read t ...more
Courtney Umlauf
I got about half way through, and I just wasn't interested. But others mentioned that it has a slow start and picks up considerably by the end. There were a few things about the writing that I liked, so I may come back to this later and finish it. Although there was one thing in particular that I bothered me. I like a witty aside by the narrator directly to the audience just fine, but there were so many in this book and they were so long that it felt very disjointed. For example:
Fern knew what t
Charlyn  Trussell
Aug 22, 2009 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
Fern's family is sooooooo boring. She's nothing like her accountant parents and their orderly life--and there's a good reason. She was mistakenly given to them at birth. When a man purporting to be her "real father" arrives with the Drudge's son and requests that a switch be made so Fern can leave with him, Fern believes that perhaps she will find the kind of home she has always wanted. Bone, her father, helps Fern learn about her deceased mother and the unique talents she possessed, talents tha ...more
This book was a good book to read. I really liked it event though it was fantasy. It was about a girl named Fern Drudger who thought she didn't fit with her family. She had orange hair and big eyes which was nothing like her parents. Her parents were dull they didn't like anything that had a lot of colors on it. They were the most boring parents in the history of boring parents.They were a really plain family. Then she started realizing weird stuff happenenig to her like frogs and things like th ...more
Fern Drudger has just about the most boring parents in the history of boring parents. Her mother cooks scentless, tasteless food while her father sits in their completely beige living room. But Fern’s life is a bit more exciting than her parent’s. She’s seen bats turn into marbles, nuns turn into lampposts, and has shaken crickets out of books. She also has puffy hair and big eyes – completely unlike her parents.
Then, one day, a man named the Bone and his son, Howard make an unexpected visit t
Marie Crouchley
I finally just put down the book "The Anybodies" because it was so amazing I couldn't put it down. "The Anybodies",written by N.E Bode, takes place in a small town, a normal neighborhood, well, not normal. Fern-the main character-was misplaced at birth, she was put in the wrong crib so the wrong family took her home. One day when Fern was 11, a women came to the door and said, "I am the nurse who misplaced you". Then Fern's real father walked u to the door with the wrong child with him so they d ...more
I was surprised to see this book on so many lists of books that feature readers and books-- I had never heard of it.
Fern, named for a potted plant in the hospital waiting room (not the heroine in Charlotte's Web) wishes she had different parents.
Since Fern was little, she has witnessed bizarre events-- crickets leaping out of books, bats transforming into marbles, mysterious strangers lurking around her neighborhood-- all events her parents force her to deny and hide.
When three strangers appear
Patti Dudek
The girls love her kids books, and I like both her books for kids and her books for those of us that pretend to be grown ups. The Anybodies was a "Battle of the Books" book in our school district and then we all went to our public library to hear her speak. She was great. She told the kids to thank their parents for the moments of boredom as that is when they will have time to use their imagination. I loved that.

The third in the Anybodies, Nobodies series by N. E. Bode is as wonderful as the fir
Taylor C
The Anybodies is a fantastic fantasy!!! I would describe this book as crazy, creative, and fun-loving ! N.E Bode was a pure genius to use the twists and turns that was put into every page !!!At the begging of the storie i was very confused and thought what the heck !!! But later in the book I realized that that was exacly what N.E Bode wanted me to feel because the whole book is a big puzzle peice, it is not his intention to have every word written in stone, through out the whole book it is your ...more
J.E. Rogers
Feb 10, 2013 J.E. Rogers rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle grade readers
Fern Drudger is a young girl who finds herself in tragic circumstances. She has been born into an appallingly boring family. One day, her widowed biological father shows up to tell the Drudger family that Fern was swapped at birth with his son. Suddenly things aren’t so boring.

We leave wearisome behind and enter the world of the Anybodies. An Anybody is a person with the power to change into anything they like, and Fern soon finds that she has these powers too. Her father once had those powers,
It was, overall, an interesting and cute story.

It's main focus was about a young girl, swapped at birth, who returns to her father and discovers her many little talents as she searches for a very special book.

I enjoyed the story but I was surprised by the way it was written. Now this was not written in your typical 3rd person dialog,where the invisible narrator oversees the story. Although the story started that way, there came a few moments were the author broke away to give her opinions on wh
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N.E. Bode is the pen name of author Julianna Baggott.

I was asked by HarperCollins – my fair publishers! – to write a paragraph summarizing myself. This is hard to do. There was a word maximum. I had to be brief. I'll cut and paste it here so I don't have to write it twice, but I should say it just didn't capture my essence. But for what it's worth, it went like this:

"N.E. Bode, unsuspecting creat
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