Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

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Piper is a seventeen-year-old high school senior, and she's just been challenged to get her school's super-popular rock band, Dumb, a paying gig. The catch? Piper is deaf. Can she manage a band with five wildly different musicians, nurture a budding romance, and discover her own inner rock star, though she can't hear Dumb's music?

"Complex characterizations, authentic dialogue and realistic ups-and-downs give this title chart-topping potential." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"I loved it and laughed out loud. Hilarious and so smart. Dumb proves that everyone, no matter what, deserves to be heard." - Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen


About Antony John

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Antony John ( is the author of the Schneider Award–winning novel Five Flavors of Dumb. He is a stay-at-home dad who writes by night, and lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.
Published November 11, 2010 by Speak. 354 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Making Piper the manager of a rock band never feels like a cheap trick (pardon the pun) because Piper is not A Great Deaf Character but a great character who is deaf.

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After her parents raid her college fund to get her sister a cochlear implant, high school senior Piper is lured by by promises of money into managing the school’s suddenly popular rock band, Dumb.

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Project MUSE

Her parents have raided her college fund to pay for her baby sister's cochlear implants, a double blow because not only does it interfere with her dreams of going to Gallaudet, the historic college for deaf students, but it also confirms how she's always suspected her family...

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Her best friend has moved away to a school that still has said programs, and now Piper's best hope is her future at Gallaudet University, a college for deaf and hearing impaired students.

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