This graphic novel is based on the true story of the author, Cece Bell who experiencing deafness in her real life. The entire story is about Cece's life with the hearing aid strapped to her chest. She was comfortable at her old school as everyone in Cece's class was deaf. However, things changed when she needs to mix with other kids at a new school. The kids in the new school stare at the Phonic Ear, the powerful hearing aid that will help her to hear better in the class. Not only that, they ask a lot of questions and act strangely to her as well.
Then Cece discovers the power of Phonic Ear. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher in the school even when her teacher is in the bathroom. She feels she posses a superpower and becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. Although she feels the power in her but at the same time, she feels lonely as well. It's hard for her to find a true friend that can accept her like a normal person without talking to her in a strange way, using sign language or asking her a lot of questions related to her deafness and hearing aid. However, she always stays positive and full of hope that she will get a true friend one day.
This is an inspirational graphic novel which is suitable for anyone who is looking to be inspired but prefers a light reading. It's one of the rarest graphic novels which has both – superb storyline and lovely illustration. I couldn't find any negative reviews about this book. It's inspirational and realistic enough since it's based from a true story. Besides of the characters are cute and funny, the illustrations and colours are very beautiful as well. I loved everything about this book.
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