Five Flavors of Dumb (Hardcover)
November 2010 Indie Next List
“Is it possible for a functionally deaf girl to successfully manage a band whose music she can't hear? Piper has lived in the background most of her life until an unexpected moment of cockiness leads her to offer to get Dumb -- a mediocre high school band -- a paying job within one month. This turns her world upside down, threatening -- and promising -- to change everything. It is impossible not to root for both Piper and Dumb in this absolutely wonderful novel!”
— Melissa Posten, Pudd'nhead Books, Webster Groves, MO
Winner of the Schneider Book Award
The award-winning author of the Elemental series delivers a rock-and-roll novel that Lauren Myracle called raw, fresh, funny, and authentic.
The Challenge: Eighteen-year-old Piper has one month to get her high school's coolest rock band Dumb a paying gig.
The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage a band made up of an egomaniacal pretty boy, a talentless piece of eye candy, a silent rocker, an angry girl, and a crush-worthy nerd boy? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper is determined to show her classmates that just because she's hearing impaired doesn t mean she's invisible. With growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of her parent's decision to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.
For fans of K. L. Going's "Fat Kid Rules the World" and Catherine Gilbert Murdock's "Dairy Queen."
About the Author
Antony John is the recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in music, and got his PhD from Duke University. He has always been fascinated by rock music and its personalities, and when his wife challenged him to write about both from the point of view of a deaf person, "Five Flavors of Dumb" was born. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is a stay-at-home dad for his two kids and writes every chance he gets.
"I loved it and laughed out loud. Hilarious and so smart. Dumb proves that everyone, no matter what, deserves to be heard." -Catherine Gilbert Murdoch, author of Dairy Queen