THIS IS A SHORT SAMPLE OF EL DEAFO!
THE FINAL BOOK WILL BE 248 PAGES AND PRINTED IN FULL COLOR.
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.
A Note From the Publisher
Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover. She lives in Virginia with her husband, author Tom Angleberger.
“Cece’s story is full of warmth, humor, and super-powered strength. El Deafo is an absolute treat.” -- Raina Telgemeier, author of the bestselling graphic novel SMILE
“I love El Deafo! It's
everything you could want in a book: funny and touching and oh-so smart. It's
also a story, and a point of view, I'd never heard before—one that made me want
to root for Cece Bell the Little Girl and find Cece Bell the Grown-up to become
her instant best friend. What a likable, lovely, and inspiring book!”
—R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder
“El Deafo is sprinkled with nostalgic references that took this "four-eyes" back to his own bumpy childhood, but its themes are just as relevant today. 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