The Schwa Was Here

The Schwa Was Here

by Neal Shusterman
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gracie_the_great More than 1 year ago
This is the Best Book I have read in a while. I was kind of stuck in a reading rut and my librarian recommended this. I think a lot of kids either feel like Antsy or the Schwa a lot of the time so even if it is far fetched. There is a sequel called Antsy Does Time that is almost better than this one.
ME_ME_EME_ME_MEE More than 1 year ago
I needed a book to read for class, so I went to the library and checked this out. I was looking for a different kind of book than I usually read, and I never read the inside flap or back of a book to see what happens, so I was totally surprised with this. I couldn't put it down. It's like nothing I've heard about before... Not totally invisible, but partially.
Book_Worm_1998 More than 1 year ago
I don't think this was one of my favorite books, but I still kept reading the book, and I think it started to get better as you kept reading it. Check it out!
kenzo More than 1 year ago
the schwa was here. was a pleasant read, not to involved just story about a boy and the people he meets; their relationships, conflicts,and situations. main character antsy and newly befriended boy- Calvin have an idea to test if the Schwa effect is real, and contaigest. Calvin is the trite "nobody" everyone sees right threw him... hes not even there. it just so happens that antsy and him come across each other and pretty soon the experiment is put in motion. the results are, in fact, calvin schwa is semi-invisible. it takes place in the streets of new york city when one day the two friends lives are altered with a dare to sneak into the neighborhood grouch's home. they end up meeting an old man and his blind granddaughter who adds a lil bit of drama and love interest . the language through out the novel was easy to comprehend making this a young adult book. the main idea is a little basic but there are some conflicts that spice the story up more; family affairs, friends, and school are the highlights. the book was decent, nice ending- happily ever after deal. i would recommend this book to someone who doesn't particularly enjoy reading because its a quick read and is engrossing enough. the theme i grasped was; someone is there.. you are never truly lost or forgotten.
SecretBookshelf More than 1 year ago
I read The Schwa was Here because the author is really, really good.  (I will have a lot more reviews from him.)  And I wasn't disappointed.   This book is about a boy who is "functionally invisible" (that means not noticed) named Calvin Schwa, whom everyone calls The Schwa.  It is told from his friend, Antsy's, point of view.  They conduct experiments to see how far The Schwa can go unnoticed.  When they get caught, they have to work for some crazy old man.  But then this girl comes into play...   It is a wonderfully told book with twists and turns and a lot of comic relief.  I would really recommend reading it.  It has one of the best endings that I have ever read.  It's one of those endings which leaves you thinking about it constantly and thinking " Omg!  That was SO good!"  At least, it did for me. My one bit of confusion in the entire book was in the beginning, like the first page.  I thought that "dummy" meant "idiot" instead of  "puppet".  That was completely my fault, but I thought I would clear it up in case you get confused.  Anyway, if you're not sure of if you want to read it, read the first page or two.  I am 99% sure that you will love it. I think there is a second book: Antsy Does Time.  It may not be directly related, so I'll let you know once I read it.  In the meantime, I hope you read The Schwa was Here.  Let me know if you have any book you want me to read/ review.    
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This is a great book! I recomend this for an in-between book.
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awesome
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The Schwa was Here was a very good book with a storyline that interested me until the end. I think that children my age (age 11) would enjoy this book and it should be shared. Both boys and girls would like it. It's about a boy who was hardly noticed until another boy recognized his talents and befriends him. They share a close bond with each other so it's a story of friendship.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Anthony "Antsy" Bonano can't really figure out what's wrong with The Schwa. His classmate, Calvin Schwa, has always just been...around. A nondescript face on a nondescript kid, The Schwa always seems to just blend into the background, and could be standing right in front of you for half an hour before you even notice he's there - and that's only if he speaks up and says something. Antsy finds it difficult to even think about The Schwa without his mind wandering onto some other subject, no doubt due to "The Schwa Effect." Antsy may not have been the first the pass The Schwa by, but he is the first one to start putting his friend's power of blending in to good use. After a set of experiments to determine the strength of "The Schwa Effect," Antsy and The Schwa form a collaboration that starts earning them money for dares and services (such as spying on the faculty lounge) that utilize The Schwa's untapped potential. When a bold dare to enter the apartment of a reclusive neighbor goes horribly wrong, Antsy and The Schwa find themselves at the mercy of Old Man Crawley, who puts them to work to make up for their intrusion. The boys' friendship is put to the test when Antsy is given a...much more desirable task, which sets The Schwa on a mission to prove his very existence to the world in the grandest, most unforgettable manner possible. I absolutely fell in love with this book, and that is not something I'd say lightly. Superior characterization, mainly the shifting position of narrator Antsy as both protagonist and antagonist to the title character, had me rooting for nearly every personality featured in this story. My heart went out to the unfortunate Schwa, yet I think I laughed harder than ever at the witty storytelling and humor utilized by the author. A perfect book for the older, reluctant reader, and one both boys and girls can enjoy to the fullest.
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AnnieLeigh More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I can read over and over again. The first time I read it, it took me awhile to get to the end, but I liked it anyways. Now I find it to be a great thing to read when I have a break from school or haven't gotten to the library in a while.(I own a copy) The first chapter is slow, but once Calvin Schwa is introduced, it picks up pace for a great story! The end is really good also, which is saying something. I'm very hard to please with book endings. Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 7th grade English teacher I am always on the lookout for good books for my students. When I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I now read it aloud to my seventh graders and they absolutely love it! They beg me to keep reading! It is witty, and interesting. Neil does a wonderful job in his descriptive detail. I highly recommend this book to anyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my neighboor gave me the book to read, i read the title and thought that the book looked really stupid. Then i started reading and couldn't stop. This book is one of the best books i have ever read. It is really funny because it was told through first person point of view so you hear what the narrator(or Antsy as he is called in the book) is thinking. I was sitting on the beach reading this one day and just started laughing out loud. This is a must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was funny and quirky. Sometimes it was boring, and it didnt really hold my interest. There was nothing wrong with it, it was just nothing special. Its a good book for when you have nothing else to read or do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was so funny. Just the way the characters in the book talked, it was awesome. I kind of thought the end was a little sad but the rest of the book was so good it didn't matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It all started with an 'unbreakable' dummy named Manny who is the start the story. Anthony and his friends Howie and Ira are trying to blow up this dummy when Calvin Schwa shows up. Anthony and the Schwa discover the 'Schwa effect', which makes them earn money and popularity for the Schwa's unnoticable presence. The Schwa and Anthony's confidence winds them in trouble with the meanest, richest man in Brooklyn, Old Man Crawley. Instead of punishing them with the police, he makes them do community service, which is ironic since they work for him without getting paid. Their job is to walk his sins and virtues, which are afghan dogs. Anthony 'Ansty' later on gets the job of escorting Crawley's blind grandaughter, Lexie, who captures the heart of the Schwa and Ansty, though Ansty feels ashamed of betraying his friend. In the end, Ansty shows true friendship to The Schwa when he solves the mystery of The Schwa's disappearing mom. In the end, the resolution of the story is satisfying to any reader who is captured in this great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book targets young adults and fits the genre of realistic contemporary fiction. The characters are developed to such an extent that you are moved emotionally to identify with them. The author keeps your attention with unique character names and terminology. He has created an interesting story that you will want to continue to read to find out what will happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although you may forget Calvin Schwa, you WILL not forget this book. I bought, I read it, I loved it! Get and read it, it's amazing!