Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

El Deafo

on September 2, 2015
Cece Bell lost her hearing from a bout of meningitis when she was four years old. In this memoir, told and illustrated as a graphic novel, Cece relates how her family tried to help hercope with this loss. She attempts to learn lip reading until she is outfitted with a Phonic Ear in the first grade. The best thing about wearing the Phonic Ear is that it equips her with secret super powers becausesuddenly, she can hear her teacher not just when she’s in the classroom, but in the teacher’s lounge, the hallway, and even the bathroom. When Cece’s family moves and she has to start a new school, her loneliness and need for friendships are complicated the self-consciousness she feels wearing her clunky Phonic Ear. Will the superpowers it brings help her with what she wants more than anything else, a true friend?

130 Responses to “El Deafo”

  1. Barre Breakers 11 says:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! This has so much meaning to it that it moves me and I feel so bad for CeCe , but at least she had technology!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. keira says:

    i think its a great book and things happens so suddenly and but still i love it if i could rate it i would give it a 5 its fantastic but im said that she deaf but still a great book and great blog!!!!!!!:)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I liked the part when she got her hearing aids.

  5. Anonymous says:

    i think it was a good book the best

  6. Anonymous says:

    i think it was the best book i ever reed!!!

  7. diamond peek termanator says:

    Wylie you are right they both are simalur books.

  8. ColTT Power says:

    I like El Deafo because she dosn’t care what people think about her and the author did a good job on what she was thinking like the time when she thought she was a superhero. Also the pictures look really good and it looks like its made of crayons but theres no different shades it’s all solid.

  9. diamond peek termanator says:

    Its sad how she loses her hearing

  10. caitlin.betts says:

    i love this book and i want to read it so bad

  11. trey says:

    Is this a good book to read

  12. ryan says:

    I think sometimes it’s supposed to be sad but it’s really not because after you read for a while you understand what is happening Most her friends where mean to her and she found new ones.

  13. Matthew says:

    This book can be very relatable to people with loss of one of their 5 senses luckily I am not one of those people but I still do feel bad for people with a loss of one of their senses but this book can make you think about the bright, cool and funny side of things when you have losses. like they say, every cloud has a silver lining.

  14. Quinn says:

    Great book things happen very suddenly, sometimes good sometimes bad.

  15. bubbles says:

    great book. liked how it was a comic book.

  16. bubbles says:

    really great and intresting. i like how it’s a comic book

  17. Jasper 123 says:

    I liked this book, it was very descriptive.

  18. Avery says:

    I think that Eldeafo is a great book. It was so good that I couldn’t put it down.

  19. NoodleArms says:

    this book is a comedy

  20. Sammy says:

    I think this book is awesome because i like personal narratives and it tells about a real life girl that gets sick and looses her hearing.

  21. scorch-dragon says:

    I like the book it is very smilier to wonder.

  22. Readingisawesome says:

    I love this book! It’s so fun and original, and it teaches others about how you might feel and think.

  23. Hockey player 3000 says:

    I love this book so much but i wish it was longer

  24. ATmable says:

    This book is full of ups and downs, but it teaches kids what some peoples lives are like. A way that makes you realise that peoples feelings get hurt easier than you think. But it’s so AMAZING and INSPIRING!

  25. DragonBore72 C.L says:

    el-Deafo is such a great book! I think Cece Bell should keep writing because this book is AMAZING!

  26. DragonBore72 C.L says:

    I think it’s really interesting towards the end manly because she’s best friends with her old friend again.(not giving a name so I’m not spoiling anything.)

  27. Ferrariman O.L. says:

    I think this book is so amazing I think everybody should read this. The best part about it is that it’s a true story. that gets the attention of the reader and brings them into the book.

  28. T man T.L says:

    I wish I that the book kept going in sted of the ending where it did I think ervey one should read it

  29. NP says:

    Cece Bell has lost her hearing due to some sort of sickness. Cece Bell is a bunny rabbit who can talk and breathe. she is having trouble finding friends and keeping them. She has a crush who is very confuseing. El Deafo is the best DCF book i’ve read so far, if you are not sure if you will enjoy it or not, you most definitely will enjoy El Deafo.

  30. pmanbballPW says:

    I really like El Deafo. I feel that its kind of inspirational and tragic at the same time. Its inspirational for the people who might have the same condition. It is tragic the way her life is and how many friendships she goes in and out of.

  31. Soccer crazy EO says:

    I think it was mean what Laura did to her. I mean who wants to be bit by a dog!!!

  32. the rat that likes to party cm says:

    I think this book is going to win because of how it’s a really story about this little girl becomes deaf a good story.

  33. JUSTIN says:

    El Deafo was good but I think it was a little dramatic in some places like when the dog bit her and she got scarred. I preferred Ice Dogs because it was a survival story.

  34. GooseJCG AKA... JDOG says:

    gooseMSR I think this book would be good for anyone who likes graphic novels and a lot of thought bubbles I think its sad how she looses so many friends so quickly.

  35. T man T.L says:

    El deafo I think might inspire some people with the same problem.

  36. best gamer ever says:

    and when she lost her hearing I felt bad for her.

  37. best gamer ever says:

    EL deafo had a lot of problems an a lot of friends an some of those friends won’ted to have her to their self but that did not stop her from tring to find some 1 that is gust like her.
    And when she was in kindergarten their was a lot of people like her.

  38. best gamer ever says:

    EL deafo I think this book mite win because it is a funny book.

  39. Soccer crazy EO says:

    This book is crazy so much happens in so little time it is nuts

  40. JUSTIN says:

    this might actually win because its a graphic novel.

  41. AlexanderVT says:

    Owen I agree with you. It Is sad that cece lost her sight and her friend didn’t hang out with her for awhile. Because it is annoying to not hear not see well from what I think. Also I don’t like to be alone, because I an board in my experiences and it seems she is board a lot when alone. I was happy because of the happy end.

  42. AlexanderVT says:

    Toni I agree with you. I really like that the author said it was a true story. The book is really cool because it is “turned into visual format” as you said, which makes it way more appealing for me.

  43. KelleyDvt says:

    how does it remind you of a fairy tale. I always thought of a fairy tale as “once upon a time”.

  44. KelleyDvt says:

    why is it your favorite DCF book so far

  45. KelleyDvt says:

    i wonder how cece deals with everyone staring at her and everything

  46. the rat that likes to party cm says:

    I have read this 10x

  47. gooseMSR says:

    I recommend this book because it is a fun graphic novel and it is true!!!!

  48. the rat that likes to party cm says:

    I love el deafo because how the book it is illustrated.

  49. DragonBore72 c.l says:

    I’m really looking forward to this book because I predict it’s about a Bunny with super powers.

  50. hannahpeacock says:

    I bet it will!

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