The Schwa Was Here

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The Schwa Was Here
Author Neal Shusterman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Dutton Penguin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 228 pp
ISBN 978-0-525-47182-0
OCLC 54852781
LC Class PZ7.S55987 Sbe 2004

The Schwa Was Here is a young adult novel by Neal Shusterman, published by Dutton Penguin in 2004. 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, receiving a starred review from School Library Journal[1] and a positive review from Booklist.[2] It also received the 2005 Boston Globe/Horn Book Magazine award for fiction and poetry.[3]

The book has reportedly been optioned by The Disney Channel for a telefilm project. Shusterman, who worked with the channel on the project Pixel Perfect, was lined up to write the script for the project.[4]

This book has also been adapted into a three act play by Kory Howard, and was performed for the first time ever in February by the Manti High School Theatre Department.


  1. ^ School Library Journal, October 2004, p176.
  2. ^ Booklist, 2004.
  3. ^ Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. URL accessed 18 April 2007.
  4. ^ Kimberly Nordyke: "'Schwa' noticed by Disney Channel." Hollywood Reporter, 14 November 2006.