Monday, October 03, 2016

El Deafo by Cece Bell

After losing her hearing during a childhood illness, Cece goes to school with a bulky hearing aid that helps her hear the teacher. It's tough making friends when you're not always sure what everyone is saying and Cece feels left out and self-conscious. But she discovers that there are perks to her hearing aid and the microphone her teacher wears around her neck; she knows where her teacher is at all times! Cece transforms into "El Deafo" and becomes the hero of her study period class, warning her classmates just before the teacher returns so they can get back to their seats.

This moving autobiographical graphic novel is a fun read and gives hearing readers insight into what life is like for their deaf family and friends, in addition to exploring universal themes of childhood. Cece Bell's El Deafo is a 2015 Newberry Honor Book.

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