by Cece Bell
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Graphic Novel, Memoir
Synopsis: 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?
This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.
Review: I'm still not a huge fan of graphic novels but I can see how this book, both story and format, would highly appeal to kids. This is a semi-autobiographic novel of Cece's life growing up with hearing loss. Cece, who is portrayed as a bunny, gets sick as a young child and loses most of her hearing but hearing aids and learning to lip read help her continue to be successful in a hearing environment. Cece is so self conscious about sticking out and being different that sometimes she doesn't realize that people are overlooking the hearing aids. This book is funny but also sends a powerful message about accepting differences. While it is an easy book to read, I think it would be most meaningful to slightly older kids--perhaps around 4th grade.
Rating: 4 stars