Five Flavors of Dumb (Paperback)

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Sometimes you read a book and you’re so jealous that you didn’t write it. The Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John published by Dial Books is one of those books. Piper becomes the manager of her local high school rock band. There is only one problem. Piper is deaf and the band’s name is Dumb. How do you manage a band you can’t hear? In this funny and sweet story you find out why Piper was the best choice for the job. You would think that that would be her biggest problem, but it isn’t. The Five Flavors of Dumb is really more about all of our perceptions of who we think people are or should be. It’s also about assumptions people make about us based on looks, money, clothes and disabilities. But mostly it’s about Piper - a funny, smart, amazing heroine.
Piper’s story is also a love story. The best kind. With a happy ending.
Pick up this YA novel today. I promise you will not regret it.

— Rosa, New Jersey

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.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780142419434
ISBN-10: 0142419435
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: September 29th, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English