El Deafo

El Deafo

by Cece Bell, David Lasky

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New York Times Bestseller

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.

"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613126219
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 94,013
File size: 261 MB
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Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cece Bell is the author of the Newbery Honor Book and Eisner Award winner El Deafo, which received four starred reviews, was named a 2014 best book by Parents magazine, and is a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of Rabbit and Robot, winner of a Geisel Honor. Cece lives with her husband, Tom Angleberger, in Christiansburg, Virginia. www.cecebell.wordpress.com.

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El Deafo 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
1fishbone1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! We love it! It is inspiring and beautiful and has such a great message and, like all of Cece Bell's books, is really well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great peek into the world of children. They can be mean, demanding, naive, insecure, and simply put; human. The storyline is just as relevant today as it was for the author in her childhood. I especially liked the colors throughout and how the characters are illustrated as animals. Well done Cece! Without reservation I would recommend this graphic novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a hard of hearing adult I wish I had this as a kid. Life would have been a tiny bit easier to deal with. Highly recommend getting this book for a child with hearing  impairment. Ages 6-8 seems to be the target age but really anyone with some sort of hearing loss can appreciate this book. I found myself feeling like "Yea! that is exactly how I feel!" or "So, it wasn't just me who felt that way." I buying this book to keep as a reminder that it's ok not to hear so well and it's ok to ask for help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow...that book is an ammazing story of how a little girl catches this disease but still fights and how i can relate to this is because i lost my hearing at the age of 4
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever I loved it it was awesome loved the comedy romance action scare and all the other features !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book so much. It showed how kids with hard hearing live, and how school is hard somtimes. I also could relate to Ceca Bell in many ways. I also LOVEDthe pics. those were wonderful. I will read it over and over again. I wish there was another book after this. I would reccomend it to evryone.
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JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! This book is based on the life of the author, Cece, who lost her hearing as a child due to an illness. Hearing is something that a lot of people take for granted (I know I do) so this book was a huge eye opener. There are many different types of hearing loss, and different ways to cope with it. I felt so many different emotions while reading this book. The beginning was sad, because Cece had trouble adjusting to her hearing loss. She felt self conscious about her hearing aids. However, I loved the ending. It was so comforting. I highly recommend this book for kids and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book I would advise you to read this book it was so hard for me to even put down the book it was too good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really cute, and an eye opener for children with special needs. I really would recommend this book to all children. It would give them a better understanding of children who "different" than them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It is cute fun and so hart warming.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“And being different? That turned out to the best part of all. I found that with a little creativity, and a lot of dedication, any difference can be turned into something amazing. Our differences are our superpowers.” Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel/Memoir. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: First. Location: Virginia. This graphic novel follows the author throughout her time as a young girl in the 1970s and her experiences losing her hearing from meningitis at the age of four. She learns how to make friends and accept herself. This was a beautiful story about someone who copes with becoming deaf. I took an American Sign Language course in college and we talked a lot about the deaf culture; it was interesting to learn about some of the daily challenges that someone who is deaf faces. This book explains those challenges in a way that children can understand and relate to. We have come a long way with accessibility since the 70s, but we all could use a reminder about acceptance and how to be accommodating to people with disabilities. [Note: not all deaf people consider being deaf a disability]. The comics were colorful and lovely. I think this book would be perfect for someone in middle school, even though the main character is in elementary school. There are some cultural things from the 70s, such as teachers smoking cigarettes at school, that may be shocking for some parents to see in a children’s comic book. But I think all children will find something in the story that they can relate to. To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2017/11/el-deafo-cece-bell.html
LuckyBunBun More than 1 year ago
I liked it a lot! It is a very nice story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is ok
KarenEvans More than 1 year ago
Today I finally finished a book worthy of five stars! This is only my fourth five star review in 2016 and it goes to… EL DEAFO by Cece Bell!!! I didn’t know much about this book going into it other than that it was a middle grade graphic novel and that it was funny. In fact, a book talk about it by a Champaign Public Library librarian describing a bathroom scene actually caused one of my 4th graders to laugh so hard he had an asthma attack which resulted in him being sent home after a nebulizer treatment did little to help the situation… Yes, the book was that funny! 41V58xL9-LL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_ I was impressed with the artwork; you can visually see the main character Cece lose her hearing after a bout of meningitis as the speech bubbles fade and finally are empty. My grandma also lost her hearing after an illness as a child so I have a strong personal connection to this story causing me to love it even more. Cece gets a hearing aide, but the author teaches readers a great deal about life with hearing aides. She illustrates how Cece can hear, but that it sounds like gibberish regardless of volume. In one scene, Cece thinks a child tells her that her grandma likes pie when actually she has said her grandma might die. It’s through responding incorrectly that she determines what the child actually told her. The author also takes time to show social difficulties experienced by being a deaf kid and not being understood. The fact that all the characters are rabbits, highlights how different Cece felt with her hearing aide because it’s much more visible if your ears are above your head. The book also illustrates the many ways that the hearing can communicate with deaf/hard of hearing people in ways that are hurtful. This would be great bibliotherapy for deaf kids and those who are friends with someone who is deaf. I also think it’s a great way for kids to become more aware of the world around them and different cultures, even if they don’t personally know anyone who is deaf. Finally, this book shows both sides of the signing vs. reading lips debate and really helps illustrates the pros/cons. It was only after finishing this book that I realized the author’s name was Cece and that this graphic novel was autobiographical. My love for this book increased astronomically when I found this out. I can’t begin to imagine the impact Cece Bell has had on so many individuals!
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
El Deafo is a book about a girl named Cece who is deaf. She is trying to find friends, but she doesn’t believe in herself and she is having a hard time making friends. When Cece is in kindergarten, she goes to a school for deaf children. She figures out that she is not the only one who is deaf. The book is called El Deafo, because Cece imagines herself to be a superhero with super hearing powers. I would recommend this book to kids ages 7-10. I liked the plot of the book better than most other graphic novels, but the art was just okay. Review by Moses A, age 7, Atlanta Youth Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good!!!!!!!!!! 1 1 U (---------)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both my 10yr old and 7yr old loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible! Me and my daughter hated it. We even ghated it more that it was by Cece Bell.
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