Five Flavors of Dumb (Paperback)

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This is the feel good book of the year I wish everyone would read and it's not another teen rock-n-roll book. High school senior Piper Vaughn would be voted "Least Likely to Manage a Rock Band" by her classmates—not because Piper is deaf, but because she is the antithesis of rock; staid, safe, practically invisible. So when a bet goes wrong, landing her as manger for the school band, Dumb, Piper is faced with a myriad of challenges—the least of which is her hearing. In the process she learns much about friendship and family and inner strength. Sooo good! --Holly


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 the Author

Antony John ( is a stay-at-home dad who writes by night - the only job that allows him to wear his favorite pair of sweatpants all the time. He lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0142419435
ISBN-13: 9780142419434
Published: Speak, 09/29/2011
Pages: 352
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 13
Maximum Age: 17
Minimum Grade Level: 8th Grade
Maximum Grade Level: 12th Grade