It’s Monday And Here’s What I’m Reading: November 3rd., 2014

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It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and Sheila at BookJourney

I am so glad that I finally got to read Cece Bell’s wonderful  graphic memoir/novel, El Deafo.  

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Here’s the jacket copy:

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.
Cece is just delightful – filled with a sparkling sense of humor, a bit goofy, and sharp as a tack.  I loved the way Bell showed us the wide range of emotions Cece experienced, from the moment she first realizes that she can’t hear to the many adjustments she must make to fit in, find friends, and find herself.  And I loved the illustrations, which allowed the reader to see into Cece’s imagination – all the plotting, fretting, and dreaming she engages in to figure out what this Phonic Ear is going to mean for her every day existence:
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Here is the author discussing how El Deafo came be be written:
I book talked El Deafo on Friday morning; it was checked out immediately, and our classroom copy now has a long waiting list. Another classroom favorite is born!

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11 thoughts on “It’s Monday And Here’s What I’m Reading: November 3rd., 2014

  1. Isn’t El Deafo a wonderful book! Her journey is so inspiring, but also one that so many of us connect with. I am so excited to be presenting with Cece at NCTE (and so nervous!), but I cannot wait to celebrate this book with her.

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

  2. Now I’m even more intrigued by El Deafo! Practically all our copies in the public library have been checked out, and so I’m finding it difficult to borrow one. Love your detailed review here and the youtube clip too. 🙂

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