El Deafo

El Deafo

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Abrams, 2014
ISBN: 9781613126219
Call Number: eCOMIC HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bell, Cece
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Growing up deaf--in graphic novel format

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."

Richmond_TeenVolunteer Feb 15, 2017

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

Both Gene and Raina shared that they loved El Deafo. Raina says you'll like it, especially if you like Smile or Sisters. El Deafo is the first Graphic Novel to be given a Newbery Honor award!

Grade 4. A graphic novel (GN). Different from a comic book which are unconnected strips of text. a GN is an original story with a beginning, middle and end. Read about Cece Bell's unique childhood. She definitely has some unforgettable times.

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Jan 24, 2020

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

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.

Jun 02, 2019

It is a really funny book specially for kids. I loved it hope you do too.

Apr 09, 2019

One of the best children's graphic novels of all time.

Feb 20, 2019

El Deafo is a very powerful and meaningful graphic memoir.

Nov 04, 2018

This graphic novel is the complete package. The book itself is beautifully colored and a pleasure to hold in your hands. Cece Bell's story is at times quirky, funny and emotional to read. I really loved it and the opportunity to grow in empathy for people who have varying degrees of deafness. The Author's Note at the end is also so informative and helpful. "Our differences are our superpowers." Thank you for that message, Cece!

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.

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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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.

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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