Title: El Deafo
Author: Cece Bell
Recommended for: Grades 3 – 5
Call Number/Link: GN J Bell, C.
Synopsis: Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.
Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?
Based on Cece Bell’s life, you can’t go wrong with recommending this book. Filled with both humor and serious moments, kids will easily be able to see themselves in Cece as she struggles to fit in and find a friends. Great discussion book for kids about those who may have disabilities and how they really aren’t that different from us after all. It’s one that will have to be hand sold, but once they start they’ll love it. (If hand selling, I’d focus on the fact that she can hear the teacher every where making her a super hero-like/secret agent powers.)