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!


Winter 2011 Kids' 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


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: 9780142419434
ISBN-10: 0142419435
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: September 29th, 2011
Pages: 337
Language: English