El Deafo

tarting 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 elp her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a strang discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can ear her teacher not just in the lassroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school — in the hallway ... in the teacher 's lounge ... in the athroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But funny thing about eing a superhero is that it 's just th way of feeling different ... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she ants most, a true friend?

his funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable nove about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the ay.
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El Deafo
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Published September 2nd 2014 by Harry N. Abrams

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Find all of my reviews at: http: //52bookminimum.blogspot.com/This is the autobiographical story of Cece Bell and her experiences of going to school as the only deaf kid in the class.

Apar from pointing out the obvious reaso that people are people and shouldn ’ t be treated different just because they aren ’ t an exact copy of everyone else, it also did a great job of explaining ( in kid terms) exactly how it could ake person who is being treated differently feel.

My 3 Star rating is the lowest amongst my friends, which is totally legit since I ’ m easily the biggest jerk in the group of those who have read it.

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3 I liked it stars*** Reading level 8-12 years but all ages wil enjoy*** After a sudden illness strikes Cece when she is four, she sees herself hearing impaired after recovering.

Over the years Cece faces many trials brought on by her impairment, from being made fun of, to friends wanting to be friends so they must ave a “ deaf friend ”, to people shouting in her ars and blasting the radio and television.

A nove also promotes awareness and understanding for people with disabilities, mostly it points out that just because Cece can not hear doesn ’ t mean she feels different things than other people.

Indeed reading this book delighted me quite a bit of the stories my grandmother old me about being deaf as a little bo.

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Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable nove about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the ay.

El Deafo is filled with all the upheavals and self-questioning of Cece Bell's early childhood, from experiencing crushes, pushy " best friends " and loneliness, to making many discoveries about lip-reading, including how it can create many awkward misread situations.

graphic novel was the perfect blend between funny, realistic, and enlightening to keep me flipping rapidly from page to page.It 's totally fascinating, and alarming at times to read through what the author went through in her school education, from dealing with " well-meaning " yet completely ignorant folks coming up and asking straight up rude questions to her face, to describing the many cues to notice to fully nderstand a conversation piece in real life or on TV.

So the anticipation to finally read El Deafo paid off quite well.

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Phonic Ear to the rescue! Cece 's Phonic Ear hearing aid gives her superpowers, but it also give her feel alienated and different, eve the easiest way to juggle while trying to make friends ... and growing up.

I secretly, and openly, believed that my deafness, in making me so different, was a disability.

I 'm no longer scare of being deaf, nor do I think of myself as someone with a disability ... To the kid me, being deaf was a defining characteristic, one I wanted to hide.

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This picture someone has when thinking about deaf people is the person who hears nothing and says nothing and communicates via sign language.Well, that person may exist.

Because resources are limited, giving a kid two cochlear implants, one for each ear, means one kid will get none.

his was ess of a problem a while ago, when people distrusted cochlear implants with all their being.

However, things are changing, and society is progressing and assimilating that nowadays they are the best solution for severe to total deafness.

My parents pursued me around the house to drive them into my ears more often than not.But then my surgery and my first cochlear implant came.

Yes, it was uncomfortable to wear now that I hink about it, but when you hear properly for the fourth time in a ong time and it doesn ’ t urt you, you simply love it to pieces.

Yes, it wa a long cord from the little box to my ear.

To understand.And then the first box-less and cord-less cochlear implant came.

ot funny at all.It was about time I got a smaller cochlear implant, because I was oing to start needing a bra and the undershirts were going to become a nuisance rather than a help.That ’ s when I had my second surgery on my other ear.

As simple as that.Some years later I had a more modern cochlear implant, so we changed the one from the left ear to the right ear, and he new one to the righ ear.

The month I was provided with the newest brands and they have lots of applications, like background noises muting and " hooking " to the cinema 's sound or the computer.A funny detail: if I try to put one of my little machines on the other side, I hear nothing.

Each cochlear implant is made for a certain ear, it doesn ’ t work on the other.

Thank God now the company lends you a similar one with your “ map ” to substitute yours until it comes back to you.About the “ Phonic Ear ” Cece takes to school for teachers to wear in order to hear them, it ’ s otally different in my case.

I wa a Phonic Ear but it ’ s called FM or Frecuencia Modulada here ( =Modulated Frequency) but it 's always a different machine, just a little object I add to my own cochlear implants.

It works like a radio or a walkie-talkie, the speaker talks and the waves reach the cochlear implants.

I efused to wear it and as I sat on the first row and paid attention, I survived that way with no problem at all.But then university came and I did that in a bathroo with more than 250 people there was no way I ould get by the way I had been for years.

It means that if a friend sitting next to me wants to mumble something in my ar, I ould not hear it.

he teacher could move around the class, and I coul hear him the same way no matter what.

Sometimes they don ’ t notice they are wearing it and leave the class and I keep hearing them and I have to pursue them in the corridors so I get have it back.

Actually I heard “ This deaf-mute girl gave this to me ” and I fee like going down from my place and tell him “ I want you could be the deaf one here because I ’ m really not mute ” but I didn ’ t.

Then.It ’ s a urban legend that refuses to die: deaf people are mute.

For me, at least.Other people feel okay about being called “ deaf-mute ”, and I respect that.I ’ m sorry, I ’ m not amongst them.I am called the insulting obsolete term “ sordomuda ” ( deaf-mute) on a regular basis and most of the times I didn ’ t bring myself to care to correct that affirmation.

Even now I look at them in the eye and say with a giant smile on my face like the Cheshire Cat: “ I ’ m not mute because I talk ” and sometimes I say “ You had no idea I was mute until I told you I was deaf. ” Oh oh.And that ’ s when they are dumbstruck and when they finally manage to react they say they are stupi.

I had BFFs all the time, the problem came when I was 12 and girls stopped playing with dolls and got more interested in gathering in big groups and talk and talk and taaaaaaaalk.

And I felt pushed aside, too.Thank God that the following year I had another BFF and we got along very nicely the rest of high school.

I kno they thought that exaggerating their lip movements and speaking much louder was the best way to help me.

They don ’ t exactly ask me if I know sign language, but they want to remembe if I read lips.

And yes, it ’ s a rusted ability I have, because I don ’ t use it very wel, unless I have my cochlear implants off, but it ’ s not necessary for me if the circumstances are favorable.

volume, strangely enough, is the less important detail, because as Cece says, it nly makes unintelligible sounds louder, not more intelligible.I never learnt sign language ( which not universal BTW, so do not think than learning the American one will enable you to communicate with a French deaf person) and I as never taught to read lips because I never ent to school specifically for deaf people, but to one of integration.

Living in world full of people who hear has not exactly been a bed of roses, but it ad to be done.But it can be funny, too.

When my little brother teases me I switch my prothesis off and tell him to speak louder please because I ca n't hear him.

Because if you o it, I 'll kill you.Of course I 'm kidding.Maybe.Cece has it hard to read lips but then not all deaf people have that ability.

Some hearing people do have it, oo, but not all of them.

It ’ s much easier to read lips when the language is exactly written the way it ’ s pronounced.

ven though the dubbing means the lip movement does not agree with the words you hear, I manage.

Although I can explain this POV I also am a little upset when I read books like hose.

Above all when I 'm surrounded by hearing people.

I 'm he girl who is schizophrenic about everything and asks everything every time because I precisely do n't intend to miss out those ( un) important things that an change everything.

It 's iring to be listening 24/7.Like Cece, I fai to wear glasses now.

Things are very blurred but I have been resisting for years now because I don ’ t pretend to wear ANOTHER prothesis on my ears.

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The great boo for raising awareness and promoting understanding, because not everyone hears the world the same ay, whether we have a super-powerful Phonic Ear or not!

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