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New York Times Bestseller

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.

"A standout autobiography. Someone readers will enjoy getting to know."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Worthy of a superhero."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This empowering autobiographical story belongs right next to Raina Telgemeier’s Smile (2011) and Liz Prince’s Tomboy."
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published on September 2, 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
ISBN-10: 1419710206
ISBN-13: 9781419710209
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  • applebutter
    applebutterMonday, October 14, 2019 at 10:02 am44 stars
    This is a Great book! About a girl with school, friendship, and hearing troubles. After Reading this book I no longer judge people who have small or large disabilities. This is a spectacular book for all ages
    • LogicSunday, October 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm
      Very good book but parent advisory is required.
      • dark_moonlight
        dark_moonlightTuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:51 pm55 stars
        wonderful, utterly wonderful
        • dark_moonlight
          dark_moonlightTuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:46 pm55 stars
          REMARKABLE, EXTRAORDINARY, ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I've ever read! So many touching moments were it get to the point that you wanna cry your eyes out. Every little word counts in this book, basted on a true story based on the authors event in childhood.
          • inmemoryofcpr
            inmemoryofcprTuesday, July 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm44 stars
            From the author's memoir... When Cece loses her ability to hear at a young age, she encounters many new problems. From making friends to struggling to fit in, Cece must face them and solve her problems. But many obstacles prevent her from doing things she could do and she is discouraged. But after watching an encouraging movie, Cece's spirits are lifted and finally knows whats to do so she calls herself...EL DEAFO with a new sense of the world around her!!!! I would recommend this for ages 9+ This graphic novel was pretty good but the pace needs working on. The descriptions were really nice and the perspective was written well. Some parts were awkward but other than that I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this for fans of Raina Telgeimer and the book Wonderstruck which is super awesome.
            • pizzagirl7
              pizzagirl7Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 4:25 pm44 stars
              Cece finds out she is now deaf so she has to wear this big thing about to help her hear but she is embarrassed by it😣 but in this book she make friends loses friends and gets less embarrassed 😳 of her hearing aid 👂 also she likes this boy and he kinda likes her back you'll have to read to see what happens!I loved this book so so so so much!😆I think kids around 10 and 13 would like this book and I rate it 4/5 stars 😁 😁 Pizzagirl7 😁 😁
              • skiler400
                skiler400Monday, July 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm55 stars
                I keep coming back to this book it is sooooooo good if you are looking for a good short read this is for you.
                • chloeyeetMonday, June 10, 2019 at 7:55 am
                  this book is amazing!!!
                  • applemango
                    applemangoWednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:19 pm55 stars
                    This is a book about Cece and she (a bunny rabbit) is suddenly discovered that she cannot hear. She meets many friends and she decides which friends are right for her and truly respect her and which friends that actually aren't really friendly.
                    • luvmylipgloss
                      luvmylipglossMonday, May 20, 2019 at 2:04 pm55 stars
                      This is a book about a deaf girl. She meets maybe -not-so-friendly friend. She makes friends with friends with a girl named Martha. Then, their relation crashes. Will they be friends again? Or is it the end?