El Deafo

El Deafo

Book - 2014
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A 2015 Newbery Honor Book 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.

PRAISE FOR EL DEAFO
STARRED REVIEWS
"A standout autobiography. Someone readers will enjoy getting to know."
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Worthy of a superhero."
-- Kirkus Reviews , starred review

"This empowering autobiographical story belongs right next to Raina Telgemeier's Smile (2011) and Liz Prince's Tomboy ."
-- Booklist
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781419712173
Branch Call Number: J 741 .5973 BEL
Characteristics: 233 p. :,col. ill. ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Lasky, David
Alternative Title: El deafo

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PoMoLibrary Jul 23, 2015

From our 2015 Kids' Summer Reading Club reviewer Katriel: This book was about a girl that got meningitis and then became deaf and blind, living a hard life. The best part of the book was when she met a nice new friend named Martha. My favourite characters were Cece and Martha, and I gave this boo... Read More »

Realike "Smile" by Raina Telgemeier


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GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

The author's story of growing up with hearing loss, and her unique (one might even say "super") way of dealing with it. Good for anybody who loved Wonder by R. J. Palacio or who likes stories of kids overcoming difficulties to become even better.

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Jennypa815
Oct 17, 2017

So Good!!!!!!

LPL_MeredithW Oct 07, 2017

Funny and charming, with cute art and a very thought-provoking afterword. Recommended!

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katebus
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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white_bear_575
Aug 14, 2017

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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!

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breezybaby101
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

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nastyaloots
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!

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ehrenkranz
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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