Books for 8-13 year olds and Teen Readers
In addition to her novels for adults, Baggott has published seven novels for younger readers, aged 8 to 13 and for teens, including award-winners and critics’ favorites, under her own name and pen names N.E. Bode and J.Q. Coyle — a joint pen name with novelist, Quinn Dalton.
For teachers and parents of young readers, we’ve created a free 5-Part Guide to Stir the Imagination. It’s designed for The Anybodies Trilogy, but the exercises are created to boost reading and writing and aren’t limited to the series.
The Pure Trilogy is a cross-over title popular with teens, winning the ALA Alex Award, but it was technically published as an adult novel so you can find it here.
The Anybodies, HarperCollins
The first installment of The Anybodies Trilogy which follows the adventures of a young girl in the tradition of magical realism.
“Potter-style magic meets Snicket-y irreverence …” – People Magazine
A Washington Post Book-of-the-Week
A People Magazine Pick for ‘What’s Cool This Summer,’ a top-five pick, alongside Bill Clinton and David Sedaris
A Booksense Pick
A Girls’ Life Magazine Top Ten
The Year’s Top Books, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Starred Reviews in Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal
Short-listed for State Awards – the Mark Twain Award (Missouri), The Diamond State Award (Delaware), The Maine Student Book Award, The Master List for the Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award, Massachusetts’ Children’s Book Award, The Sunshine State Award in Florida, Alaska Battle of the Books 2009, and The Nene Award (Hawaii); Book Club Selection for Middle Schools in Florida, Florida Department of Education, Just Read, Florida!, Literacy Week
“…a loveable, fun read for children – and for those who never really grew up … whimsical, unique …” — Boston Herald
“…[a] witty, sometimes hilarious tale, punctuated with authorial asides and featuring switched babies, hidden identities, magical transformations, and allusions to literary classics…. [Bode] concocts a tangled plot with a clever twist at the end…” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“…There’s laugh-out-loud humor, fantasy, mystery, real-life drama, and potential for a sequel. What more could a reader want?” — School Library Journal, starred review
The Nobodies, HarperCollins
The second installment of The Anybodies Trilogy.
“…charming, humorous, suspenseful and unique…” – Time for Kids
“…will have readers clamoring for another sequel.” – Booklist
“Heady stuff for kids, but effective…Baggott, as N.E. Bode, brings this intricate message to young readers in a style reminiscent of Roald Dahl, by way of P.L. Travers. There’s a snappy buoyancy to her prose, which is offset (but never overrun) by an eerie, dramatic undertone.” – Popmatters.com
“Hold onto your hats. N.E. Bode is back with another blockbuster … another magical, wild adventure.” – Greenbay Press-Gazette
The Somebodies, HarperCollins
The final installment of The Anybodies Trilogy.
First Place Gold Medal Winner, Florida Book Awards
One of the Top Four Magical Reads, Instructor Magazine
“Narrow escapes, evil villains, and captured souls from books will keep kids turning pages through an imaginative kaleidoscope of transformations …” – School Library Journal
“As ever, readers will have to stay alert to pick up the plethora of literary references … All of this on the way to demonstrating that nobility of spirit and right beliefs will ever win out over selfishness … the series remains a delight for better-read audiences.” – Kirkus Reviews
The Prince of Fenway Park, HarperCollins
There was a curse on the Boston Red Sox; it was reversed, and this is the boy who did it – a novel for younger readers and Red Sox fans of all ages.
Short-listed for The Sunshine State Book Awards and The Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards
Scholastic’s Top 5 List of Best Baseball Reads
“Richly imagined … young sports fans will revel in Baggott’s underworld … especially young residents of Red Sox Nation, [who] will dig their cleats in for a thoroughly involving tale.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Julianna Baggott’s The Prince of Fenway Park is exceptional among children’s literature.” – Boston Globe
“[Baggott} pitches a gem with Fenway fairy tale… a delicious little fairy tale about the National Pastime.” –starnewsonline.com
“… brilliant premise … Both whimsical and provocative, this story will engage readers who like clever tales, and also those who enjoy chewing over controversial themes.” – School Library Journal (John Peters, New York Public Library)
“If you have a young reader … [The Prince of Fenway Park] should score a home run…. a wild adventure…” – Cape Cod Times
Audio version by Harper Audio.
The Ever Breath, Delacorte Press/Random House
A novel based on a Muriel Rukeyser quote, “The world is made of stories, not atoms.” The narrative relies heavily on lost words from the English language and an invented landscape.
“Baggott’s inventiveness and whimsy never flag … it’s a dizzying, nonstop romp through the imagination.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fantasy aficionados will gobble up this fast-paced tale … Baggott’s brisk prose propels readers through a tale that feels like a stepping-stone between Spiderwick and Harry Potter.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced … charming … fanciful …” – Booklist
The Slippery Map, HarperCollins
A novel for younger readers about a boy being raised in a nunnery who falls into an Imagined Other World.
Silver Medal, Florida Book Awards in Children’s Literature
Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
“…inventive and a whole lot of fun…” – Kirkus Reviews
“A fantastic and fun adventure…” – St. Petersburg Times
The Amazing Compendium of Edward Magorium, as N.E. Bode, Scholastic
The prequel to the film Mr. Magorium’s Magic Emporium, starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman.
The Infinity of You & Me, J.Q. Coyle, the joint pen name of Julianna Baggott and Quinn Dalton, St. Martin’s Press
A fifteen-year-old girl realizes that she has the ability to move between alternate parallel universes of her own making, it’s currently optioned by producer Cary Brokaw, Avenue Pictures, for television and film under the title Spandrels.
“…The clever, fast-moving plot features a strong, appealing heroine, Sylvia Plath’s poetry, romance, betrayal, and heart-stopping suspense…” – Kirkus Reviews
“This ambitious sci-fi novel, filled with multiverses and what-ifs, has a slow and complicated buildup but contains complex world building that would appeal to fans of TV’s Orphan Black.” — Booklist
“A fantastically fun mind-bender from start to finish, The Infinity of You & Me will thrill its readers and leave them hungry for more!” – Karen Akins, author of Loop and Twist