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The Anybodies (Anybodies #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,891 Ratings  ·  300 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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Feb 01, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2008 Luann rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 19, 2013 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
This book is fiction with a twist of fantasy in it.

Fern lives with Mr. and Mrs. Drudger they lead a very boring life. And when she finds out they aren't her real parents she meets her own. Her mother died but her father is named Bone. Bone is his name not Father or Daddy. Just Bone. Bone is an interesting guy. He is an anybody. His life opens a new world to Fern. Soon they are running off with a mystery in their hands.
Nov 05, 2010 Melee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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. ;)}
May 16, 2013 Randi rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 11, 2010 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-fiction
This was a fun and silly read.
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Dec 04, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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Sep 13, 2011 Jenna F rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2007 Kendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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
May 17, 2016 Adriana rated it really liked it
I haven't really slowed down to read a book like this before. Kid's books just bring me so much happiness. I love the idea of being able to shake up a book and something come out of it. I hope she gets to spend time with Howard, her switched partner. Really lovely read.
A. Musquiz
Mar 04, 2015 A. Musquiz rated it liked it
It was a bit random and not my cup of tea but it was entertaining.
Sep 07, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2015 Linnae rated it liked it
Fern has never quite felt like she belonged to her parents, the Drudgers. They are exceedingly dull and tidy. Her bushy hair is an insult, as are any ideas she might have.

Then one day, she discovers that she was really switched at birth, and he real father's name is the Bone. Before long she and Howard (the Drudger's actual child) have traded parents for the summer. Fern feels

She finds out that the Bone is a hypnotist (not a very good one) and can halfway work a magic that a
Sara  Gille
Oct 11, 2015 Sara Gille rated it really liked it
Shelves: trimester-1
This book is about a girl named Fern Drudger. At Least that was the name that she grew up as. When she was little she opened a book, shook it, and crickets came out. She told her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Drudger, but they said it was just her imagination. One time she watched this bird outside her window get run over by a car, then get up, walk up to a bird, and turn into a dog to chase it away. One time she saw a nun walking and suddenly turn into a street light. When she went to her swimming prac ...more
Amy Amanda
Feb 27, 2015 Amy Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2014 Monica Fastenau rated it liked it
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
Aug 12, 2014 Iliana Garcia rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2014 Kathy Stone rated it did not like it
Shelves: from-the-library
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
Sep 07, 2015 QueenAmidala28 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd grade youth
Recommended to QueenAmidala28 by: Online Bookclub
I'm not one for summarizing the plot, but I do like to give the overall impression the book has made on me. There is nothing excellent about The Anybodies except that a young girl finds her true nature and confidence in herself that no one else in the world could expose. It didn't matter about nurture vs nature, Fern had to figure out who she was on her own. This concept is very important for any young person today.

I will say that the novel was difficult to get into and I almost put it down. Af
Jan 02, 2016 Rakiyang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorties
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Though it was written in a fun and whimsical way, it dealt with some heavy topics beautifully. The ending made me tear up a little because I found it so moving and so beautiful.
Jul 09, 2016 Joanie rated it really liked it
Fern has always felt that she doesn't really belong with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Drudger, so when Mr. Bone and Howard show up one summer afternoon and explain that she and Howard had been switched at birth, Fern packs a bag and leaves with the Bone. Fern can do things and see things that others can't and in order to find a book to help her develop her talents as an Anybody, she and the Bone set off on an adventure that has them crossing paths with the Miser and Mrs. Appleplum.
There are numero
Mar 19, 2014 Sylvia rated it really liked it
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
Kimberly L.
Oct 20, 2015 Kimberly L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Entertaining!!

I adore children's and young adult books, it's such a nice break sometimes from the adult world and to have an Author remind you of the parts of your mind that still belong to that child,(and I hope some of you still retain that child in heart and mind)
Jun 03, 2016 Kendra rated it really liked it
I had a lot of fun rereading this book and taking a trip down memory lane. I think I first read it during fourth grade, and I'm pretty sure it's one of the books that helped me fall in love with reading. It’s full of allusions to other childhood classics (Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, James and the Giant Peach…), and the characters and setting are quirky, fun, and engaging--the perfect story for an upper-elementary-age kid.

It begins with a somewhat sarcastic narrator describing the ac
Courtney Umlauf
Jun 08, 2016 Courtney Umlauf rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, middle-grade
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
Aug 22, 2009 Charlyn rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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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