El Deafo

Title

El Deafo

Authors

Cece Bell

Illustrator

Cece Bell; David Lasky

Publisher

Amulet Books

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781419710209

Pages

248 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is 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 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?

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Diversity Topics

Disability and Health; Physical disability; Illness; hearing loss; hearing aids; meningitis

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Rabbits

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

3 Apples Book Award, 2019, Finalist, Children's
Blue Hen Book Award, 2019, Winner, Middle Reader
Golden Sower Award, 2017, Honor, Chapter Book
Lectio Book Award, 2016-2017, Runner Up, Grades 4-8
Nene Award, 2018, Winner
Booklist 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the 21st Century, 2019

Keywords

Phonic Ear; microphone; alter-ego; superpowers; lip reading; friendship; elementary school

Diversity Impact

direct

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