El Deafo

El Deafo

Graphic Novel - 2014
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El Deafo is a funny, deeply honest graphic novel memoir for middle graders. It chronicles the author's hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with a powerful and very awkward hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. It gives her 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, Phonic Ear and all. Finally, she is 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.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781419710209
1419710206
Branch Call Number: J BEL
Children's fiction B PBK
Characteristics: 233 pages :,colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Lasky, David

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CeCe lost her hearing at age four due to spinal meningitis. This graphic memoir humorously chronicles her struggles: learning to lip read, mange her hearing aid, and finally discovering her superpower. Laugh out loud funny. Ages 7-12

Cece was struck deaf at a very young age and grows up dealing with an impairment and finding a way to fit in. Very much like Smile, this is a graphic novel autobiography about dealing with being different.

List - YRCA 2017
misskleber Mar 26, 2016

YRCA Nominees 2017 - Junior Division

El Deafo is a graphic novel based on the author’s childhood experiences of growing up deaf in a hearing world. Cece is the only deaf child on her street and in her school. It’s a world where she is referred to as 'my deaf friend' instead of just 'my friend' or sleepovers where the lights are turn... Read More »

El Deafo is a graphic novel based on the author’s childhood experiences of growing up deaf in a hearing world. Cece is the only deaf child on her street and in her school. It’s a world where she is referred to as 'my deaf friend' instead of just 'my friend' or at sleepovers the lights are turned ... Read More »


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southtowntraveler
Oct 18, 2020

Great book about growing up deaf (from meningitis like me) and making friends.

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prettysunflower
Sep 01, 2020

What a fun book! I can see this book being read to preschoolers or kindergartners to give them some insight about people in the deaf community. Definitely recommend!

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pink_buffalo_216
Aug 31, 2020

best book I've read just checked it out for the 5th time

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Ojdavison
Jun 27, 2020

I love this book so much

ArapahoeTina Mar 31, 2020

I'm so grateful that books like this—books that bring us new voices, books that teach empathy—exist. Read it with your kids or by yourself. It's well worth the time and you're sure to find some relatable bit of childhood in these pages.

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anshuhegde
Mar 25, 2020

I am a 6 year old who read this book. I really liked it. The girl Cece was a very nice person! The moral of the book is "Do not be shy, be courageous".
I recommend this book for ages 6 and higher.

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ChristinaBaby
Mar 06, 2020

I like the book.Because the girl in the book can not hear I feel sad for her

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Mslm
Jan 24, 2020

It was a good book but i don't think i would read it again...

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yyjiang_0
Jan 02, 2020

The book "El Deafo" was not very appealing to me.

sarahbru17 Aug 14, 2019

Writing: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Visuals: 10/10
I loved this graphic novel. What a privilege to get this perspective on Cece Bell's deaf experience in such a fun, engaging manner. I loved that some of the conflicts derived from Cece's audio and visual difficulties, but many also derived from her relationships, so there was a balance throughout. The comic book style was cute, but still dynamic and relatable.

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yyjiang_0
Jan 02, 2020

This book is about Cece losing her hearing at age 4 and how it affected her in life. She made new friends that helped her with her disability. The book tells you about how Cece handled it and what her actions were.

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