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The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

Book Summary

Antsy Bonano knows this guy - and you probably've known someone like him, too - he just seems to disappear. No one ever really notices The Schwa, until Antsy and his friends decide they're really going to pay attention. Antsy's got troubles of his own, of course - family, neighbors, and how he treats his friends.
The Schwa Was here book cover
The Schwa Was Here

Book Review

This was a clever book in many ways. Although it referenced modern technology, it had more of a 60s or 70s feel in terms of the Brooklyn setting, with the neighborhood kids running around outside. The characters were well-drawn and they had some unique relationships. The complications that arose from the problem were interesting, and so was the resolution, and I liked the side stories about Antsy's own issues with visibility in his family and the neighborhood grump. Great chapter titles, too.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Peer Relationships
  • Growing Up
  • Who You Choose to Be; Finding Your Voice; Making Choices
  • Family Relationships
  • Forgiveness
  • Humor

Discussion Questions for this book:

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