Monday, November 13, 2006

The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman

Have you ever met someone who you forget about completely the next day? You couldn't pick him out of a line-up or anything. It's like he was just wiped out of your mind.

Enter Calvin "The Schwa" Schwa. The Schwa is what his three friends call "observationally challenged". Finally the four boys, led by Antsy Bonano, test the Schwa Effect by dressing him up in funny clothes and see if anyone notices him. Few do, not always including Antsy. Antsy and the Schwa decided to use this more as a gift than a curse. Dares start pouring in preceding a little cash.

Finally the big dare comes around. The Schwa must go inside the neighborhood hermit, Mr. Crawley's, house and steal one of his fourteen dog dishes. The act doesn't go as well as hoped, being as Mr. Crawley notices The Schwa. Instead of having them arrested for trespassing, Mr. Crawley puts them to work. With the help of Antsy, Crawley's blind granddaughter Lexie, and a crazy European butcher, The Schwa tries to find out what happened to his mother and what's going to happen to him in the future.

This book is full of crazy characters and unexpectant turns that keep your interests held tight.

Check out The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman for yourself.

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