El Deafo

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El Deafo
Author: Bell, Cece
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1970
Geographic Area: North America
Country:United States
Topics: American Life, Disabilities
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Graphic Novel
Published: 2014

American History > Modern Age > 1970s

The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor winning graphic novel memoir from Cece Bell

Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here, she’s different. She’s sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom but anywhere her teacher is in the school—in the hallway... in the teacher’s lounge... in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

Emily's Review

My daughter and I read this together (she read it to me for independent reading) and we both loved it. She said this is her new favorite book and has already started it over.

This is a memoir about the author's childhood and growing up deaf, told in graphic novel format. The illustrations are adorable, and the story is fun and sweet. I love books that allow me to see the world from a different perspective. Cece copes with being the only deaf kid in her class by inventing a superhero identity - El Deafo. She sees her phonic ear hearing aid as a super power! This story does a fantastic job of showing kids that differences can be a superpower and that we shouldn't treat people who are different from us as if they aren't capable of doing things. I highly recommend picking this up!

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