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"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...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by HarperCollins (first published May 25th 2004)
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Kim
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 Amazon.com:

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...more
Brenda
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
Luann
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!
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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...more
Kendra
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...more
Runa
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
Kara Dean
After a slow start (which was not entirely the book's fault--trying to read before bed is sometimes a tricky thing) I warmed to The Anybodies. I particularly enjoyed the references to other books, some obvious, some more subtle. I read this for 5th Grade Book Club, so I will be curious to see what the girls thought of it--if the connection with its target audience was more immediately successful than with an adult reader. Whether I go on to read the other books in the series remains to be seen.
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...more
Melee
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. ;)}
Randi
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.
Sylvia
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
Jill
This was a fun and silly read.
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
Risheilly
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
Martha
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...more
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
Donalyn
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...more
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...more
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,...more
KL
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...more
Katherine
The Anybodies is a book that I've owned since middle school, and, regrettably, have failed to read sooner. Even picking it up three months ago was not enough for me to just read it consistently.

This leads me to say that the book had a slow start. Fern's life with the Drudgers bores the reader almost as much as it does her. This boredom is satiated with some commentary by the author, which is a fresh change from many books I've read; this is sometimes done unnecessarily, but I think it complement...more
Maddy
I LOVE this series. It is well written, witty, funny, and just a good story. The perspective the story is told by is quite amusing, with little views into the author's life, so that by the end of a few chapters you feel like you've known the author all your life. The story is very quirky, about a girl named Fern, who lives with her parents, whose name is Drudger, when she finds out that she and a boy named Howard were switched at birth. The adventure only gets more exciting from there, and you h...more
Sherrie
The Anybodies was slow starting for me and I almost abandoned the book, I'm glad I hung in there until the end. This is a fantasticically illustrated novel with Lemony Snicket-esque overtones. Fern finds out that she was swapped at birth and that her dull parents the Drudgers aren't actually her parents at all. This information is relayed to Fern when her father the Bone shows up at the door with the Drudgers true son, Howard. The families decide to swap kids for the summer and this is where the...more
mamazilla
before i write anything else, i should mention that my 7 yo daughter loved this book and read it within a day or two... so, i thought i should pick it up and see what all the excitement was about....

now, having finished it, i wonder if maybe i'm just "too old" to enjoy this book.... :) it took me a while to finish this book. i wasn't motivated by it at all...

the characters, the imaginative plot and it's accompanying twists are enjoyable enough... but i just didn't feel anything towards the chara...more
Annalisa
Jun 14, 2009 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalisa by: Jeana Quigley
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
It took me a long time to get into this book, but my daughter loved it off the bat. It was a nice story, but there just wasn't anything original about it. The style has already been loved and hated in the Series of Unfortunate Events and the story is a cross between Harry Potter and Inkheart, both well-loved series. I did however find myself smiling often at her commentary. My favorite one: Sometimes a crow is just a crow. Yes thank you Freud. It's like cartoons with those jokes stuck in just fo...more
oliviasbooks
The Anybodies reminds me a little of Roald Dahl's books, but it is less cruel. I think I would have enjoyed it very much, had I read it at the age of about eight. Now, as an adult, I pull the break after 60 pages, because I have so many other books on pile and my curiosity to find out what happens to Fern and Harold, who had been switched at birth by stupid Nurse Mary Curtain, is not so very urgent.
I only bought a battered copy, because I loved the brilliant young adult debut Pure by the author...more
Shelly Jebe
This book is the first installment of a trilogy about Fern and he exciting tale. In The Anybodies, Fern discovers she was accidentally switched at birth and has been raised by the wrong parents, which is good because the Drudgers are just plain boring. She goes to spend the summer with her biological father and discovers what an Anybody is and that she might be an Anybody as well! This novel was really fun and inventive. I loved how it wove classic works of children's literature into the story a...more
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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...more
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