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El Deafo /

by Bell, Cece; Lasky, David [colorist.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2014.Description: 233 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781419710209.Subject(s): Bell, Cece -- Juvenile literature | Bell, Cece -- Comic books, strips, etc | Deaf -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Deaf -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc | Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc | Graphic novels | Bell, Cece -- Cartoons and comics | Deaf -- Cartoons and comics | Authors, American -- Cartoons and comics | Women -- Biography | Graphic novelsAwards: Newbery Honor, 2015.Summary: The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."
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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 ."
-- Booklist

Chiefly illustrations.

Newbery Honor, 2015.

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

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Horn Book Review

At the age of four, in 1975, Bell contracted meningitis, leaving her severely to profoundly deaf. In this characterful, vivid, often amusing graphic-novel memoir she recaptures the experiences of her childhood -- adapting to deafness, to others' attitudes toward it, and to the technology of the Phonic Ear, a cumbersome assistive device. At the heart of her story is an experience relevant to most children: the finding of the "True Friend," a falling out, and a reunion. Bell combines great humor and charm (her characters are all anthropomorphized bunnies) with emotional complexity and seriousness; her depiction of Cece's valiant struggles with loneliness, irritation, and embarrassment at the way people treat her is moving, utterly convincing, and authentic -- never "poor bunny." Her forthright humor works especially well in conveying the practicalities of Cece's mode of communication: "I sure can't lip-read a butt!" she says, looking at a speaker's back. 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. deirdre f. baker (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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