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El Deafo

El Deafo
Cece Bell
Amulet Books, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. 

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school--in the hallway...in the teacher's lounge...in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it's just another way of feeling different... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.


I loved reading about Cece’s life. The most interesting part to me was seeing how people treated her. I’ve known people like all of Cece’s friends, so even though our lives were different, I could identify with her. Also, I understood why she felt the way she did when people started signing with her or yelling at her. I would have hated it if someone did something similar to me! I felt like I learned a lot from it, too.

The one thing that bothered me -- Why didn’t any of the teachers think to remove the microphone when they were complaining about work or going to the bathroom? That’s just something I would have been paranoid about had I been the teacher. Cece’s teachers, however, just seemed to forget the microphone was even there. Crazy!

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