Saturday, January 14, 2006

The Schwa Was Here

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman was another on the list of books under consideration for the 2006 RI Teen Book Award. Another librarian talked about this title at a meeting and said it was very funny but I didn't pick it up until earlier this month. Fortunately the book is funny and very offbeat. The premise is that a Brooklyn teen named Anthony, nickname: Antsy, becomes friends with a boy whom no one notices. He's been in their school but people just don't see him when he's there.

The boys try all sorts of things to test their theory that he isn't noticed by most people but one prank gets them caught by the meanest and richest man in town who, instead of turning them into the police, makes them work for him walking his dogs and later spending time with his blind grand-daughter.

The teen characters face issues lots of kids encounter. Parents who argue and friends who turn on you when you make new friends. The neat thing about this book is that nothing really bad happens to anyone and it has an interesting twist towards the end.