El Deafo

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El Deafo

By Cece Bell

Amulet Books, Hardcover, 9781419710209, 233pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Description
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


About the Author
Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book "Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover." She lives in Virginia with her husband, author Tom Angleberger.

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NPR
Sunday, Dec 14, 2014

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough � try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way. More at NPR.org

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