To be honest…looking over the list from ALA of last week’s Printz winners and Alex Awards, I haven’t read any of them. Except one, Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John, the 2011 Schneider Family Book Award for best teen book that honors an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child or adolescent audience.
The hottest band at Piper’s high school has just accepted her challenge. If she finds a paying gig for Dumb in one month, they’ll hire her as manager so she can make some money to pay for college. Just a few problems though, the lead singer’s an egotistical jerk, the lead guitarist player wants to beat her up and they have no drummer. And just one more problem, Piper can’t tell if they suck or not, since she’s deaf.
Piper also has major family drama. Her parents are the reason she needs the money since they “borrowed” from her college fund to pay for hearing implants for her deaf baby sister. They also don’t understand Piper’s need to break out, live a little and find her inner rock star.
You’re going to love Piper. She’s not afraid of a challenge, she’s smarter than most people give her credit and she’s willing to laugh at herself. Although her disability is a large part of who Piper is, it also doesn’t stop her from growing and changing. This book is a great read for anyone who wants to be in band, get the guy, make some serious cash and basically, live like a rock star.
I have a pre-pub copy of Five Flavors of Dumb to give away. To win, leave a comment with your best made-up band name or your rock star alter ego’s name and I’ll select a random winner. The winner will be contacted when they can pick up their book at the Programming Office.