El Deafo by Cece Bell (Harry N. Abrams, 2014; 248 pages)
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.
This 2015 Newberry Honor Book is a memoir and a graphic novel all at once. It is the story of how a girl turned her disability into a superpower. I fell in love with the character of this book in the first five pages. Cece Bell, the author, chooses humor to tell her life journey from age 4 through elementary school.
Visit the author's website by clicking here, and you can listen to the author talking about her story here.
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Recommended by: Maite