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October Book Club: ‘El Deafo’ by Cece Bell

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We’re already on the third book of the Hearing Like Me Book Club, and this month’s pick is “El Deafo,” a graphic novel by CeCe Bell.

In the graphic novel, fit for both children and adult readers, “El Deafo,” tells the story of Cece, a bunny who wears a hearing aid. The book is loosely autobiographical, according to Wikipedia, and chronicles the author’s experience of living with hearing loss.

Overview of “El Deafo” by CeCe Bell

According to Goodreads, “El Deafo” is a “funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired.

El Deafo “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?”


Join the Hearing Like Me Book Club

The HearingLikeMe team loves supporting #deaftalent and learning about the different perspectives of people who are living their lives fully, despite their hearing loss. To celebrate our challenges and expand our knowledge with the deaf community, our monthly book club features deaf and hard of hearing authors.

To participate, simply read the chosen book of the month with us, then join the conversation on Instagram and the HLM Facebook community. If you’d like to be part of a closer discussion, you can also apply to be a Phonak hEARo.

Join in and read with us!

September Book Club: ‘My Hard of Hearing Life’ by Cynthia Dixon

August Book Club: ‘On Being Human,’ by Jen Pastiloff

November’s book pick

Do you have a suggestion for the HLM Book Club? Let us know!  Email us at or message us on Instagram. We’re excited to read with you!

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