Five Flavors of Dumb
ISBN 9780803734333 | 352 pages | 11 Nov 2010 | Dial | 9.25 x 6.25in | 12 - AND UP years
Schneider Family Book Award
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Winner of the 2011 Schneider Family Teen Book Award!"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
The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the 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 one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made 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.
"No glittery teen novel here,, thank heavens. Five Flavors of Dumb is raw, fresh, funny, and authentic. Piper is my hero." - Lauren Myracle, author of Peace, Love and Baby Ducks
"In this witty yet thoughtful behind-the-music account of Dumb's journey to semistardom, John creates a series of humorous surprises while demonstrating how Piper's deafness, which is integral to the story and never feels like a gimmick, affects her life and those of her parents and brother, who are equally complex and well-developed characters." - Publishers Weekly
"Piper--gutsy, savvy and, yes, deaf--has signed her way into a gig that promises a big, necessary payoff: manager of Dumb, Seattle's Battle of the Bands winners. ...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. Complex characterizations, authentic dialogue and realistic ups-and-downs give this title chart-topping potential." - Kirkus, starred review
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