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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.

Fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile will adore this book.

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I highly recommend Raina Telgemeier’s three graphic novels Sisters, Drama and Smile. They are full of heart, humor and cringe-worthy childhood memories many of us can relate to.  Smile and Sisters are an autobiographical companion set about Raina’s 1980’s bay area childhood perfect for ages 10 and up.  Drama has a tad more mature themes and is great for middle schoolers on up.



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