El Deafo

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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)

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