This graphic novel about growing up deaf in the 1970s was a surprise winner for me. I didn’t think this would be as good as it was. I ended up loving the main character, and the bunny ears on everyone was a wonderful touch to the overall theme. Her voice in this book is so relatable -- it’s a must read for anyone.— Jess
A bout of meningitis leaves Cece with impaired hearing, and just like that everything changes. In this graphic memoir, Cece adjusts to her new normal, learning to read lips and reluctantly taking sign language classes. As she gets older, she becomes more self-conscious about both her disability and her giant hearing aid, the Phonic Ear. Cece starts at a new school, friendships are made and broken, a cute boy moves in down the street, and Cece discovers the Phonic Ear gives her super hearing powers. Drawn in a delightfully bright, anthropomorphic and imaginative style (everyone is a rabbit), Cece’s day-to-day adventures help readers understand what it may be like for someone with different abilities than their own. — From Cortney's picks
The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor winning graphic novel memoir from Cece Bell
Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here, she’s different. She’s 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 the 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?
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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.
"Bell’s book should be an inspiration for those who are ‘different,’ and it should help others to understand just what being different means. Required reading isn’t always fun reading. El Deafo should be the first and is definitely the second."
— New York Times Book Review
"This funny and poignant memoir in graphic novel format about a child grappling with hearing loss, entering school and making friends is ideal for kids navigating new experiences."
— Shelf Awareness
"Her whimsical color illustrations (all the human characters have rabbit ears and faces), clear explanations and Cece’s often funny adventures help make the memoir accessible and entertaining."
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This warmly and humorously illustrated full-color graphic novel set in the suburban ‘70s has all the gripping characters and inflated melodrama of late childhood: a crush on a neighborhood boy, the bossy friend, the too-sensitive-to-her-Deafness friend, and the perfect friend, scared away."
— School Library Journal, starred review
"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."
— The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"Bell’s earnest rabbit/human characters, her ability to capture her own sonic universe (“eh sounz lah yur unnah wawah!”), and her invention of an alter ego—the cape-wearing El Deafo, who gets her through stressful encounters . . . all combine to make this a standout autobiography."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review