The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Anthony, also known as "Antsy," is fascinated by "The Schwa Effect"--the fact that no one ever sees Calvin Schwa. Even when acting weird and dressed like a total freak, The Schwa is only barely noticed. The two boys form a partnership and get away with all kinds of mischief, from conducting experiments at school to confounding opponents on the basketball court. When The Schwa senses that even Antsy is beginning to lose sight of him, he vows to do something that will make him so visible, no one will ever forget him. Any kid who's ever felt unnoticed will identify with Schwa and Antsy and their quest for notoriety.


About Neal Shusterman

See more books from this Author
Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including "Unwind", which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, The Skinjacker Trilogy, and "Downsiders", which was nominated for twelve state reading awards.? He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as "Animorphs" and "Goosebumps". The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California. Visit him at
Published October 25, 2004 by Dutton Juvenile. 240 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Schwa Was Here

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

When—with great difficulty—he intrudes upon the consciousness of Antsy and friends, the boys try to codify what they call “the Schwa effect.” Will the Schwa be noticed spying in the teachers’ lounge?

| Read Full Review of The Schwa Was Here

Common Sense Media

But there's also a lot to think about and talk about here, most notably the whole Schwa Effect -- it may be a comic exaggeration, but it's all too real for many tweens.

Oct 18 2004 | Read Full Review of The Schwa Was Here

Reader Rating for The Schwa Was Here

An aggregated and normalized score based on 40 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review