El Deafo

El Deafo

Book - 2014
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The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."
"Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for"-- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York :, Amulet Books,, c2014
ISBN: 9781419710209
Characteristics: 233 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 05, 2017

My 8-year old son was reluctant to read it because it seemed sad, but then read it 2 or 3 times in a row and took it with him on vacation. It's a great book, well drawn and written. More hopeful and funny than sad. Recommended to all.

Bhulsey Aug 29, 2017

Read this graphic novel because it was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) Young Readers Choice Award (YRCA) for 2017. I'm glad I did because it is an amazing story about accepting your differences and a window into how to communicate and treat others who are differently abled.

JCLBeckyC Aug 21, 2017

Readalikes: Raina Telgmeier, Ann M. Martin, Holly Goldberg Sloan

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AL_CODY Jul 27, 2017

After losing her hearing early in life, Cece must struggle with learning how to use hearing aids in order to get through life and school. Based on the author's childhood, this book is great for kids and adults a like!

Jul 18, 2017

I loved this book it was sooooo amazing. It was really funny, sad, and happy. i would definitely recommend this to everyone. not only was it an amazing book but I also learned a bit. for example, I didn't know that hearing aids used to be boxes with two ear buds.

LUV IT!!!! <3

Jun 23, 2017

El Deafo is a great book from a childs perspective. It will always remain my favorite graphic novel of all time and the story will make you cry and laugh. This book gives you a full perspective how a deaf person lives there everyday life. Totally recommend it!

AL_LESLEY Apr 11, 2017

A great biographical graphic novel about the authors struggle with growing up deaf. Geared towards young-ins this is still great for all ages.

Of all of the great books, my favorite is probably "El Deafo". Even though it's a comic, Cece Bell puts real friendship and feeling into this book, and not fake ones. - Anna, age 10

PinesandPrejudice Feb 15, 2017

This was a delightful book with an endearing story. While it was told from a child's prospective, I enjoyed the honesty and the imaginative nature. I will remember this story fondly, especially since I learned a lot about the deaf/hard-of-hearing community. I think all of us have a "superhero" side to us and "El Deafo" brought Cece's to life.

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Nov 27, 2016

When the author Cece Bell was 4 yrs. old, she lost her hearing and became deaf. In this book, it shows Cece from Kindergarten all the way till 5th grade and about her loss of hearing, her friends, how she felt and much more! i think this is a wonderful book and it's worth reading.


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