The Schwa Was Here

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Schwa Fun Facts About the Schwa Mental Floss The Schwa Was Here Summary SuperSummary The Schwa Was Here Summary The Schwa Was Here is the first in a trilogy called Antsy Bonano, which is the name of the narrator throughout the series Antony Bonano is his full Italian name The several books deal with themes of friendship, abandonment, and loneliness The two meet when Antsy and his friends, Howie and Ira, The Schwa Book Description The Schwa Neal Shusterman The Schwa Book Description They say his clothes blend into the background, no matter where he stands They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing s for sure no one ever noticed him Except me My name is Antsy Bonano and I was the one who realized the Schwa was functionally invisible and used him to make some big bucks. Schwa definition of schwa by The Free Dictionary schwa a neutral middle vowel occurs in unstressed syllables shwa vowel, vowel sound a speech sound made with the vocal tract open murmur vowel, murmur a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant. Logic of English What is a Schwa Helping Students Read The Schwa Was Here Antsy Bonano, by Neal Shusterman Community Reviews The schwa is a boy named Calvin Schwa whose last name was short n d from Schwartz when his grandfather came over fr m Eastern Europe The Schwa is nearly invisible, he is one f those people that you j st don t notice ever.He could be The Schwa Was Here Book Review Common Sense Media Feb , Calvin Schwa is one of those kids who doesn t get noticed, even when he s standing in the middle of the boy s bathroom singing God Bless America while wearing an orange sombrero and a cat costume When Antsy Bonano does finally notice him, the decide to test the Schwa Effect, then to make some money from it. The Schwa Was Here The Schwa Was Here The Schwa Was Here is a young adult novel by Neal Shusterman, published by Dutton Penguin in It is about an eighth grader s friendship with another student named Calvin Schwa, who goes almost completely unnoticed by the people around him The book received critical acclaim upon its release, Schwa Definition of Schwa by Merriam Webster Definition of schwa an unstressed mid central vowel such as the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America the symbol used for the schwa sound and less widely for a similarly articulated stressed vowel as in cut See schwa defined for English language learners See schwa defined for kids.

  • Title: The Schwa Was Here
  • Author: Neal Shusterman
  • ISBN: 9780142405772
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • The SchwaThey say if you stare at him long enough, you can see what s written on the wall behind him They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing s for sure no one ever noticed him Except me My name is Antsy Bonano and I can tell you what s true and what s not, cause I was there I was the one who realized the Schwa was functionally invisible and used himThe SchwaThey say if you stare at him long enough, you can see what s written on the wall behind him They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing s for sure no one ever noticed him Except me My name is Antsy Bonano and I can tell you what s true and what s not, cause I was there I was the one who realized the Schwa was functionally invisible and used him to make some big bucks But I was also the one who caused him grief than a friend should So if you all just shut up and listen, I ll spill everything Unless, of course, the Schwa Effect wipes him out of my brain before I m done.

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    1. There's a story I tell in trainings about a high school where teachers were given a list of students and asked to put a gold star next to students they knew. At the end of the day, the result was a classic bell curve: a small group of over-achievers known by all, a larger group of average kids known by some, and a small group known by just about no teacher: that's Calvin Schwa. The Schwa is a human magic trick: he seems to vanish into thin air, that is until Antsy (Anthony, the book's M.C.) and [...]

    2. Now Shusterman's Unwind was edgy and mind-boggling (and terrifying in its premise), but I can't say the writing itself was my favorite. In this book, however, I fell in love with the narrative voice. Shusterman showed great skill in creating a character whose first-person narration painted such a clear image of a smart-alecky, young teenage Italian kid, and I totally bought it.Not every author has the ability to give his character an accent, slang, and some bad grammar in a believable way. It ju [...]

    3. OMG! I can't believe I lucked out again! Last year it was Holes and this year started out with this superfun read. The reason I picked this one was that I knew this was about the closest I'd ever get to reading about a character with the same name as mine :PMoving on to matters of lesser consequence (or not), it is an inexplicable joy to finish a book on the first day of the year! It's also heartwarming to see everybody else on GR going crazy as well. Whoop!Now, about the book, this is the story [...]

    4. The Schwa is definitely the most used and most forgottən vowel in the English language. Not too many sentənces can be created without using ə schwa. The schwa is a boy named Calvin Schwa whose last name was shortənəd from Schwartz when his grandfather came over frəm Eastern Europe. The Schwa is nearly invisible, he is one əf those people that you jəst don't notice ever.He could be standing right next to you and you wouldn't even notice him. He strəggles with "the Schwa effect" and the d [...]

    5. The Schwa was Here was my first book by Neal Shusterman that I read. The librarian at my school recommended it to me, and although I don't usually read recommended books because my list is so long anyways, I was so entertained by the title of chapter one ("Manny Bullpucky Gets His Sorry Butt Hurled Off the Marine Park Bridge") that I stopped what I was doing to investigate further.The title to chapter one is as dull as this book gets. The narration by Antsy has a lot of character and the whole c [...]

    6. My sis and I read this and its AMAZING!!!Never again will I know a book so cool unless I read it again hehehehehehe. FabulOUS book FO SHO, recommended to anyone with the ability to read. Love Jessie and Meghan the cooliest and most thorough book reviewers ever!!!

    7. The Schwa was here is a fiction book set in Brooklyn, New York, about a boy named Antsy Bonano, who makes friends with a boy named Calvin Schwa. "The Schwa" as they call him, has an ability to be semi-invisible, or he can passed unnoticed in crowds, he's is sometimes unable to be seen at all, and he seems to slip people's mind when they try to think of him. Throughout the book both Calvin and Antsy struggle with their invisibility: Antsy feels invisible because he is a middle child and the peace [...]

    8. Entirely original concept, as far as I can tell. Anthony "Antsy" Bonano narrates the story of how he met and became friends with Calvin Schwa (called "The Schwa" by everyone). The Schwa is "observationally challenged": no one notices him. Ever. Even if he dresses in costume and wears a bright orange sombrero in the boys' bathroom at school, no one notices. And while that may have some advantages, the disadvantages decidedly outweight them. Calvin needs to be noticed. (And don't we all?) Before l [...]

    9. Very interesting basis for a story. Eighth-grader "Antsy" Bonano recounts how his accidental relationship with three quirky characters winds up being mutually beneficial. The catalyst in this social collision is Calvin Schwa, a classmate who has an almost supernatural knack for going completely unnoticed. When Antsy decides to become an "agent" for the "nearly invisible" Schwa by entertaining wagers on what he can get away with by being able to fly almost entirely beneath the social radar, the b [...]

    10. The Schwa Was Here is the type of book I sometime miss. It's the type that gets lost in the shuffle of paranormal, dystopians, urban fantasy, etc etc. It's not quite a contemporary. It's a book that's hard to describe--contemporary with a little bit of it whimsy, wonder or magic?The Schwa, aka Calvin Schwa, is functionally invisible or observationally challenged. They say if you stare at him long enough you'll see the wall behind him. He's not the type of kid who's face you forget. He's the type [...]

    11. pretty awesome, and i expect no less from neal shusterman!! i must say, shusterman is a really talented author; i love how his tone varies completely from book to book. who would think that the same person would write something as utterly disturbing and depressing as Unwind, and yet be capable of writing a book as funny as The Schwa Was Here? Strange but that's what i luv about neal shusterman!! now to go to the library and check out like every single book he's ever written i'm becoming a huge f [...]

    12. I do not usually read the same books to my class year after year, but this one has been an annual favorite with my sixth graders for the past four years, and yes, I will be reading it to them again.A rare book that appeals to both boys and girls.

    13. "Touch is a freaky thing when you're not used to it. It makes you feel all kinds of things."And Mr. Shusterman had done it again! This is a fun, light read (finished it in a day and had a hard time putting it down) but it also very deep if that's makes sense.

    14. Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadTooAnthony "Antsy" Bonano can't really figure out what's wrong with The Schwa. His classmate, Calvin Schwa, has always just beenound.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 wande [...]

    15. I've read the Skinjacker series, and the beginning of the Skinjacker series. In those, Shusterman is very strong on content and plotting, and he draws very clever consequences from his initial strong premises. They are, first and foremost, stories that involve big ideas, and they take place on a very big stage. By contrast, the narrative voice in those books is fine, but not particularly special. So I would have guessed that that was what Shusterman does. And his domain name of "storyman" bolste [...]

    16. Book #57 for 2017My Personal Reading Challenge: An award-winning bookPopSugar's Ultimate Reading Challenge: - The first book in a series you haven't read before- A book with an eccentric characterBetter World Books:- A young adult novel- A book with a child narratorI'd never heard of this book until Caitlin picked it for the LHR Society, but I'd been wanting to read some Shusterman, so I was looking forward to it. It was entertaining in a fresh, offbeat way and put me in mind of some of my Judy [...]

    17. Told by Antsy Bonano, this is the story of how Calvin Shwa is "functionally invisible". Most people can't see when he is right in front of them and even if they do, they often forget he exists - a term deemed "the Shwa effect".Antsy and Calvin become friends and do some experiments regarding "the Shwa effect" and through this process Antsy realises there is more to Calvin than even he has realised.This is a great coming of age story from Shusterman - a classic tale but with an almost invisible c [...]

    18. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I read another book of Neal Shusterman before, Unwind. But this one was so different (in a positive way!) There was a lot of good humour and I laughed a lot :) Fans of John Green will be growing crazy reading this book!

    19. This is a great book to share with anyone that has ever felt unnoticed and different. It would pair nicely with Trudy Ludwig's The Invisible Boy. I also liked the main character's strong voice and dynamic changes/realizations of how to treat others throughout the course of the novel.

    20. Who or what is the Schwa? Where did “it” come from? Why is it the way it is? Turns out the Schwa A.K.A Calvin is just a normal kid for the most part; that is, if you noticed him enough to get to know him. That’s exactly how Antsy found out about him. Antsy was the first out of his friends, Howie and Ira, to notice the Schwa was tagging along with them one day out of nowhere. Antsy started to wonder… has he always been sneaking around and following us? How come no one has noticed him? Wh [...]

    21. I loved the second half of this book the first half was kinda boring. But, the ending, you don't know! But this book is so amazing it has romance, friendship, hardship and it tests every bond that Ansty has with anybody. But anyone who is trying to keep their best friend visible would have to test that.

    22. This story about Calvin Schwa, a young teen who borderlines on being invisible to others around him starts a little slow as author Neal Shusterman sets up the story. But once he has, watch out! Told with humor, this bittersweet story about a very real boy who is forgettable to others will be unforgettable to you.Fans of the style of humor found in The Fourth Stall<\i> or Timmy Failure<\i> will enjoy one.

    23. 4.5 stars. Both the writing style and the characterization in this novel are witty and well-developed. I found myself smiling and chuckling through most of the book, but it also addressed complex issues and heavier emotions. Overall, a great read.

    24. This is a strange and often poignant story about the many hard truths in life, about finding your place and making your mark, about not being forgotten. interesting quotes (page numbers from edition with ISBN13 ):"She had a blind spot for other people's feelings, and that was one place Moxie couldn't lead her." (p.)"Which is worse? The friend who keeps the truth secret? Or the friend who spills the beans?" (p.)"The way I see it, truth only looks good when you're looking at it from far away." (p. [...]

    25. Once again I am totally delighted by Neil Shusterman. Audiobook was brilliantly narrated by the author in perfect Brooklynese.

    26. I really liked this one, and the main character's voice. I just felt like it wrapped up weirdly. I did like the representation of diversity other than ethnicity.

    27. The Schwa Was Here: Book ReviewRachael Newell Sometimes the things that make an impact on your life the most you don’t notice at first. In this book, Anthony Banano definitely learns that. While trying to blow up his dad’s model with his friends, he finally met the invisible, Calvin Shwa. Testing the Schwa’s invisibility winds them in a whole lot of trouble, and in plenty of community dept. Anthony gains friends looses friends, but as a person learns how important his family and friends a [...]

    28. Shusterman humorously hooks his readers from the first paragraph. "Because who but a moron would go up to search for Old Man Crawley, who had fingernail like Ginsu knives that could dice, slice, and julienne you, then serve you up in like fourteen thousand plastic dog bowls." (p.1) The story begins with 3 friends who are trying to literally destroy Manny Bullpucky (a plastic "dummy" that is supposedly indestructible). Very appealing to YA's. That's when they first met, Calvin Schwa, who mysterio [...]

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