by Cece Bell
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Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Graphic Novel, Disability, Memoir, Middle Grade
Paperback: 242 pages
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.
Loved it. The graphic novel form and wonderful illustrations made this serious story and topic cute. But, not cute-sy.
Learning how to make true friends during the school years along with coping with a disability are described and handled well in this tale.
And like the title and cover art hints at, thoughts on superhero beings and what makes a superhero and touched upon again with that nice blend of humor and seriousness.
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