El Deafo

El Deafo

Graphic Novel - 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
1419712179
Branch Call Number: j GN EL DEAFO
Characteristics: 233 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: El deafo.

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Cece loses most of her hearing at age four. A powerful- and very large- hearing aid helps her hear but can also isolate Cece from classmates. Will Cece find friendship? Maybe the superhero El Deafo can help...

"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."." -Novelist

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LPL_MeredithW Oct 07, 2017

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

An illness leaves Cece with extreme hearing loss. She has to wear a huge device called a Phonic Ear so she can hear her teacher in class and people talk to her in exaggerated and annoying ways. In order to overcome these challenges Cece must become the superhero El Deafo! This graphic novel is a ... Read More »

Cece loses most of her hearing at age four. A powerful- and very large- hearing aid helps her hear but can also isolate Cece from classmates. Will Cece find where she belongs? Maybe El Deafo can help!


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yuki2006
Jul 21, 2018

This book showed how that new schools mean nothing and neither do hearing aids. It shows courage, bravery and fun. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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ryner
Apr 30, 2018

In this charming, autobiographical, children's graphic novel Cece Bell illustrates her experiences as a child who lost her hearing due to illness at the age of four. Humorous, heartwarming and illuminating.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

A delightful autobiography of the author's childhood while dealing with hearing loss

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ktuch
Jan 02, 2018

This is SUCH a good book!:) I read it when I was about... Umm I would say 7 and now I'm ten. It was a a good feel book from when she found out she was deaf. Not saying I think deaf people make me happy but I just like from the deaf part on. It gave me a bit of the heeby jeebys at the very start but 3/4 of the book was awesome. Whoever has read this book or will is AWESOME!!!:) Great job Cece bell! [Cece bell is the author]

ArapahoeSarahD Nov 12, 2017

Growing up isn't always easy. Neither is moving to a new town or making new friends or trying to do all of that while dealing with sudden deafness. This brave little girl found her way by becoming her own hero.

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.

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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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