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Review: "El Deafo" by Cece Bell

October 24, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: This is a graphic novel.

 

Title: El Deafo

 

Author: Cece Bell

 

Page Count: 233

 

Summary:

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to you 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 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 the 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 felling different...and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny, perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up deaf is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarassing moments along the way.

 

Praise:

"Full of warmth, humor, and superpowered strength. El Deafo is an absolute treat." -Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile

 

"Even with a hearing aid turned off, you hear Cece's universal plea for acceptance, friendship, and happiness through honest words and deftly drawn pictures." - Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles

 

"I love El Deafo! It's everything you could want in a book: funny and touching and oh so smart." - R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder

 

If You Liked This Book You May Like:

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

 

Our Review:

Well. Hmm. I like the book, it just has a lot going on. And... I guess it's really hard to get the best out of a graphic novel, but I could really could see how Cece was feeling, but it was kind of repetitive. She was thrown in and out of friendships many times, and while I am pretty much always drawn in to graphic novels (and this is no exception), I found this kind of... Draggy... I wonder if there is a novel for this; if there is, I will look into it, but for now, I'm satisfied I suppose.

 

The Bottom Line: Good, but would have been better as a novel.

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