El Deafo (paperback)
by Cece Bell
AR Level 2.97, 2 points
El Deafo is another story about tolerance and acceptance, but it wasn’t so much about other people accepting a person’s disability, but about the person accepting herself. This is the graphic novelization of the author’s childhood. She lost her hearing when she was 4 years old and relied on reading lips and the use of her hearing aids (and the Phonic Ear) to understand others. Cece also had a lot of trouble making friends. She didn’t give other people a chance to understand her, but others also had a misunderstanding about her disability. El Deafo is the name of the superhero she saw herself as, turning her equipment into an ability instead of a hinderance.
What I liked about this story was that it was based on a true story, the author’s. It give perspective and an education to people who might not understand what it is like for a person who is deaf, or the disability itself. I am always a fan of books that educate and promote understanding, tolerance, and acceptance.
What I didn’t like about this story was that they didn’t get caught deceiving their teacher! Grr… !
Book 2 of 40 (year 2)