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Antony John is the award-winning author of several books for young adults, including Five Flavors of Dumb and the Elemental trilogy. His debut middle grade novel, Mascot, set in St. Louis, is coming this September from HarperCollins. 

Antony was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips and bizarre British comedies. To annoy his parents, he decided to pursue a career in classical music. He graduated from Oxford University and received his Ph.D. in composition from Duke University. After teaching at Duke and the University of South Carolina, he became a stay-at-home dad and began writing books—the only other job besides composing that allows him to wear sweatpants all day. He lives in St. Louis with his family.