Our 2015 book selection was the was the Newbery Honor, El Deafo, by Cece Bell. This funny, poignant graphic memoir chronicles Cece's hearing loss at a young age, her struggles with fitting in at a new school, and her search to find a true friend.
About El Deafo:
As a young child, Cece Bell loses her hearing due to spinal meningitis. El Deafo is her journey to use The Phonic Ear, a bulky and conspicuous hearing aid, and navigate a new school where she’s sure that she’s too different to make friends. Cece discovers that The Phonic Ear is powerful enough that she can hear her teacher anywhere in the school--even the bathroom. With this superpower, Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All! But can Cece channel her powers into finding the one thing she wants most, a true friend? This graphic memoir about growing up deaf is a sweet reminder that we are all unique, and that our differences are our superpowers.