THE ANYBODIES by N.E. Bode
Kirkus Star

THE ANYBODIES

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. Frequently interrupting herself to slam her creative-writing teacher, apologize for putting in talking animals, etc., the chatty narrator follows Fern (12) as she is whisked away from her beige and orderly household to the book-stuffed boarding house where her real mother, who died in childbirth, had grown up possessing both a manual for shapechanging and the ability to shake characters or items right off any printed page. As she helps her still-grieving real father search for the manual before it can fall into the hands of a sinister magician known as The Miser, Fern discovers, to her delight, that she’s inherited her mother’s gift. Bode scatters the grounds with hobbits, fairies, clothed rabbits, teacups labeled “Drink Me,” and other references for well-read children to catch, assembles a cast of fundamentally decent sorts led by a preteen with plenty on the ball, and concocts a tangled plot with a clever twist at the end, plus plenty of loose threads to connect a sequel. (Fiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-055735-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2004




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