El Deafo by Jan Brett

Bibliographic Information:  Bell, C., & Lasky, D. (2014). El Deafo. New York, NY: Amulet Books.

Annotation:  This graphic novel is about a young girl, who became deaf when she got sick at the age of four.  While growing up, Cece had to adapt to being Deaf and learn different ways to communicate with others, such as hearing aids and the Phonic Ear.  Cece learned more about herself and her friendships with other while growing up as a Deaf student.

Genre:  Fiction, Graphic Novel, Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade Level:  3rd Grade – 7th Grade

Interested Readers:  This graphic novel could interest many different readers.  This book could interest readers who like graphic novels but also have a strong message.  Lastly, this book could interest a lot of students based on the realistic aspect of this book, and knowing more about people that aren’t themselves.

Personal Response and Rating:  I thought this book, was well written and accurate.  As someone who has interests in American Sign Language, I enjoyed how this book was written, and students could relate to this book.  This book had examples that students could relate to and connect with.  I would give this book a 5+/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  When Cece was four years old, what illness did she get, which made her Deaf?

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