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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

El Deafo by Cece Bell

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That really is the title. El Deafo turns into a superhero to show her resilience. She has a hearing loss and she just wants to fit in with the other children. She comes across pushy friends, inconsiderate friends and friends who have a hard time dealing with differences. With sensitivity and insight, Cece brings the joy and frustration that many people can't even imagine. Cece has surprising reactions and preferences - just like everyone else.

This graphic novel is almost autobiographical. I could sense that the author has a hearing loss .In just this one book, examples about classrooms, television viewing and playing outside are included. Cece Bell ties in degrees of deafness,, various causes of deafness and different reactions. I apologize for not writing about this book sooner. It has already won the 2015 Newbery Honor Award. Now it is a 2017 Bluestem Award nominee. Let's hear it for anyone with differences. Cece - I hear you.

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