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El Deafo
by Cece Bell
4.5 stars
15 Reviews

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.”


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5.0 stars

Amazing! Just the way the author wrote it and gave the information about the character’s disorder and her problems in school I just love this book. I can read it over and over. :)

Jul 17
5.0 stars

This is my favourite favourite book in the whole world because Cece is nice.

Aug 16
4.0 stars

I liked it

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