El Deafo by Cece Bell

el deafo

El Deafo
Cece Bell
Color by David Lasky
5 Stars

When Cece gets spinal meningitis at the age of four, she loses her hearing. She soon gets a hearing aid and can start to understand the world a little bit more. Only Cece feels different because of her hearing loss and the hearing aid. Because of her differences she feels lonely. To top things off sometimes it is just easier to be alone then to explain how hard (often unintentionally) others make it for her to hear and understand what is going on. When Cece gets a new Phonic Ear to wear to school, she can hear much more clearly. Her hearing becomes extraordinary—it is almost like having a superpower. Cece becomes a superhero (in her own mind) named El Deafo.

This is a brilliant book about the feelings and emotions of Cece’s experience growing up. The power of those emotions comes across in such a way that the reader is cheering Cece (and her alter ego El Deafo) on throughout the whole of this memoire. This is a story that will resonate with any reader who feels a little different or wants to be accepted by their peers for who they are. And understanding that “our differences are our superpowers” may just make the world a better place for everyone. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Congrats on getting a Newbery Honor! Totally deserved that!

Amulet Books, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1217-3
FORMAT: Graphic Novel
AGES: Elementary, Middle School


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