El Deafo by Cece BellEl Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo

byCece BellIllustratorDavid Lasky

Hardcover | September 2, 2014

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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."
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. 
Title:El DeafoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419710206

ISBN - 13:9781419710209


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for kids with or without disabilities Bought today, my 8-year-old has read it in it's entirety twice and I have no doubts will read it again.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Granddaughter finished this book in a day. I bought this book for my granddaughter who is 10 and she devoured it immediately and loved it. I would certainly recommend it to people.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative portrayal Beautiful graphics and storytelling/memoir representing what's it is like to grow up being deaf. Wonderful!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite An inspiring story that enlightens the young ones to the world around them.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS SM definitely one of my favourite books ever
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from disability does not define ability this graphic novel is great to show young readers that having a disability does not define who you are as a person. the author does this in a great way, having it being a memior, she portrays herself as rabbits and i find this a smart idea. recommend to anyone who loves comics and a great story
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Coping with Deafness Entertaining memoir of the author's early life. Of how she became deaf at the age of four and her coping with school, finding friends and different types of hearing aids. I found the story particularly of interest as my niece is completely deaf in one ear and has experienced the use of hearing devices in school also. The story goes up to about Cece's year in 5th grade, the year she finally has a small group of friends and feels comfortable in herself. An entertaining story but not exactly exciting nor did I find it humorous. The art reminded me much of Marc Brown and I particularly thought Cece looked like Arthur's sister, D.J. Most suited to elementary aged children and yet somewhat long for that age group.
Date published: 2014-10-15

Editorial Reviews

"This memoir is thus exceptionally informative and entertaining in relation to some aspects of deaf communication, but, most centrally and powerfully, it is exceptional for its perceptive, indomitable protagonist and complex story of friendship, growth, and classroom and family dynamics."