El Deafo. New York: Amulet Books.
Appetizer: El Deafo is the memoir of Cece Bell, who after a bout of meningitis was left severely deaf. She shares about learning to read lips, going to school and wearing a Phonic Ear, and making (and sometimes losing) friends.
Over the years, I've taught a few students who have requested that I wear a microphone. I was always thankful that one such student warned me that if I wore the microphone to the restroom, she would still be able to hear everything I was doing. So, I've been able to avoid the embarrassing fate of some of Cece's teachers:
This dates both myself and Cece Bell, but I appreciated that the book went into her school attempting
there is a book. (Now I know what I want for my birthday....)
I found El Deafo enjoyable, but it didn't blow my mind. It often felt a little unfocused (which often happens with memoirs), which makes it put-down-able. But having said that, it's still a very valuable book that I will recommend to my students. This is a great recommendation for readers who like the realistic graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier.
Tasty Rating: !!!