The Anybodies by N. E. Bode

By N. E. Bode

"Potter–style magic meets Snicket–y irreverence." – humans journal Fern discovers that she was once swapped at beginning and leaves her tragically uninteresting mom and dad for an unforgettable event along with her precise father, the Bone. simply who're the Anybodies? you will have to learn to determine! Narrated by way of the hilariously intrusive N. E. Bode, The Anybodies is a mystical experience for readers of every age.

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Just warm. The dining room was quiet, so very quiet that Fern had the peculiar desire to start singing. In fact, she could feel the restlessness of an entire choir harking and heralding in her chest, but she resisted. She pressed it down, kept it to herself. And finally dinner was over. They were about to clear the dishes when something unexpected happened. Fern could tell it was something 27 THE ANYBODIES important. She could sense it. There was a knock at the door, a loud, nervous, one could say flustered knock— as if the knocker wanted to show confidence but didn’t really want anyone to be home and so rushed it, hoping to get to shrug, turn, and go.

He wiped his nose. “I told him I didn’t want to learn circus tricks,” Howard said. ” Fern groaned inwardly. “I knew I couldn’t ride that unicycle. ” The Bone explained, “The circus is a fine, longstanding Bone tradition. ” He turned back to Howard. “I thought you were a Bone. I thought you’d take to it like a fish to water. How could I have known you come from . . from . ” Pasty heritage! Fern wanted to yell out. From bland descendants! From a long line of dullards! The Drudgers looked at the Bone, waiting.

Jail, yes, she felt she’d been in jail, too, here at the Drudgers’, trying to be Drudger-like, but her creative mind had roamed on freely. Whether he was her father or not, she liked him. At this, the Beiges got ready to leave. Mr. Beige said to Mr. Drudger, “What kind of a 35 THE ANYBODIES place are you running here? ” Mr. Drudger blanched and sputtered. “Y-y-you know I don’t care for this kind of thing! I don’t even go to the theater! ” “Drama,” “theater,” Fern knew these were bad words, things to disapprove of.

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