Happy Release Day, Antony!

When Antony John informed me that he wanted to write a novel about a deaf girl who was the manager of a rock band, I thought he was… brilliant.

And, as it turns out, others do too.

“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

“In this witty yet thoughtful behind-the-music account of Dumb’s journey to semistardom, John (Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player) 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. Relying on help from unexpected sources, Piper learns important lessons about music and media hype, while growing closer to her family and friends in the process”Publishers Weekly

Huge congrats on the release day for Five Flavors of Dumb—which is actually quite smart, incredibly charming, and wonderfully feel good.

Everyone at Upstart Crow is incredibly proud of this novel. Get your copy now!

  1. It does sound brilliant. Congratulations, Antony John. Yet another great UC book to add to my reading list.


  2. Thanks, Michael. Hope you enjoy.

    And thanks Ted . . . I couldn’t have done it without you. You are truly my writing hero!


  3. I’ve been waiting for this one to come out. Ordered it today, so I’ll have it shortly. Congrats, Antony and Ted!


  4. I don’t know you and I don’t know how long you’ve been writing or how badly you wanted a great lit agency like this one to notice you – but you’re doing something right.



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