The Schwa Was Here – Neal Shusterman

When Anthony “Antsy” Bonano and his friends meet Calvin Schwa, they are impressed and puzzled by his ability to appear and disappear before their very eyes. Antsy concocts a moneymaking scheme based on the Schwa’s invisibility that seems promising until he and his friends overreach and are caught by the town’s legendary mean millionaire, Mr. Crawley. Their resulting community service project–walking the 7 virtues and 7 vices (Crawley’s 14 afghan hounds) and going out with Crawley’s granddaughter Lexie–cements and ultimately challenges friendships.

My heart went out to the schwa…it’s hard to be unnoticeable.  He makes some great friends, though, and becomes famous in an underground way that is totally satisfying by the end.  Good read!  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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