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El Deafo

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Description

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 Publishers Weekly

Jul 07, 2014 – A bout of childhood meningitis left Bell (Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover) deaf at age four, and she was prescribed a Phonic Ear, with a receiver draped across her chest and a remote microphone her teachers wore. Her graphic memoir records both the indignities of being a deaf child in a hearing community ("IS. THAT. AAAY. HEAR-ING. AAAID?") and its joys, as when she discovers that the microphone picks up every word her teacher says anywhere in the school. Bell's earnest rabbit/human characters, her ability to capture her own sonic universe ("eh sounz lah yur unnah wawah!"), and her invention of an alter ego the cape-wearing El Deafo, who gets her through stressful encounters ("How can El Deafo free herself from the shackles of this weekly humiliation?" she asks as her mother drags her to another excruciating sign language class) all combine to make this a standout autobiography. Cece's predilection for bursting into tears at the wrong time belies a gift for resilience that makes her someone readers will enjoy getting to know. Ages 8 12.

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Customer Reviews

El Deafo

The books was amazing. We read it in class and everyone loved it. Cece Bell is a really great writer and very inspirational.

Disappointing

Too bad it doesn't present a broader picture of Deaf
Children. There are books now written and illustrated by Deaf people in English and American Sign Language (video in the eBook). Sadly Apple didn't highlight Pointy Three by Adam or Little Tiny Baby Owen by OwenTales

Amazing

El Deafo shows true friends like you for you,and its truly amazing

El Deafo
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Published: Sep 02, 2014
  • Publisher: ABRAMS
  • Seller: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 3.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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