Synopses & Reviews
A 2015 Newbery Honor Book
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerfulandmdash;and very awkwardandmdash;hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hearandmdash;sometimes things she shouldnandrsquo;tandmdash;but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become andldquo;El Deafo, Listener for All.andrdquo; And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend sheandrsquo;s longed for.
PRAISE FOR EL DEAFO
andquot;A standout autobiography. Someone readers will enjoy getting to know.andquot;
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;Worthy of a superhero.andquot;
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
andquot;This empowering autobiographical story belongs right next to Raina Telgemeierandrsquo;s Smile (2011) and Liz Princeandrsquo;s Tomboy.andquot;
andquot;This book is aimed at middle schoolers, but this poignant story is one people of all ages will enjoy and can learn from.andquot;
andquot;Bellandrsquo;s book should be an inspiration forandnbsp; those who are andlsquo;different,andrsquo; and it should help others to understand just what being different means. Required reading isnandrsquo;t always fun reading. El Deafo should be the first and is definitely the second.andquot;
andquot;This funny and poignant memoir in graphic novel format about a child grappling with hearing loss, entering school and making friends is ideal for kids navigating new experiences.andquot;
andquot;This warmly and humorously illustrated full-color graphic novel set in the suburban andlsquo;70s has all the gripping characters and inflated melodrama of late childhood: a crush on a neighborhood boy, the bossy friend, the too-sensitive-to-her-Deafness friend, and the perfect friend, scared away.andquot;
andquot;This memoir is thus exceptionally informative and entertaining in relation to some aspects of deaf communication, but, most centrally and powerfully, it is exceptional for its perceptive, indomitable protagonist and complex story of friendship, growth, and classroom and family dynamics.andquot;
andquot;Teen Boat is hilarious, beautifully drawn, and makes me nostalgic about high school. It is exactly the kind of comic book my friends and I would laugh over and celebrate during lunchtime. I highly recommend it!andquot; andmdash;Kazu Kibuishi, creator of theand#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling Amulet series
andquot;Younger teens and tweens will enjoy the numerous boat puns and the bright, cheerful cartoon illustrations. With its wholesome hero and high school love triangles, this work is andquot;Archieandquot; with boats. A light, silly read with middle school appeal.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Exactly as ridiculous as it ought to be.andquot;
andquot;Everything about this book was PERFECT! . . . It was funny, and everything worked really well. Nothing disappointed me. The book was exactly as advertised.
andmdash;Thadeus S., age 14
Praise for Teen Boat!: The Race for Boatlantis
andldquo;Funny, beautifully illustrated, and full of heart.andrdquo;
andmdash;Gene Luen Yang,and#160;creator of Printz Award winnerand#160;American Born Chineseand#160;andand#160;National Book Award finalistand#160;Boxers and Saints
andldquo;Teen Boatand#160;is hilarious, beautifully drawn, and makes me nostalgic about high school. It is exactly the kind of comic book my friends and I would laugh over and celebrate during lunchtime. I highly recommend it!andrdquo;
andmdash;Kazu Kibuishi,and#160;creator of theand#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling Amulet series
andldquo;So much fun! Teen angst, star-crossed romance, nautical puns, missing parents, evil villains, and the secret of the mysterious world of talking boats,and#160;Teen Boat 2and#160;has it all. And gorgeously illustrated, too.andrdquo;
andmdash;Faith Erin Hicks,and#160;Eisner Award-winning author ofand#160;The Adventures of Superhero Girl Praise for Teen Boat!
andldquo;While I am not the John Green who illustrated this book, I am a John Green who ABSOLUTELY LOVES the unadulterated brilliance that isand#160;Teen Boat.andrdquo;
andmdash;John Green,and#160;bestselling author ofand#160;The Fault In Our Starsand#160;andand#160;Paper Towns
"I so enjoyed reading Smile
, I couldn't put it down. It's excellent!" -- Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better or For Worse
"Raina perfectly captures the small, everyday surprises, dramas, and embarrassments that make up adolescence... A joy to read." -- Gene Yang, National Book Award Winner for American Born Chinese
"Irresistible, funny and touching." -- Kirkus Reviews
"It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it." -- The New York Times Book Review
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.
High school drama! Pirates! Emotions! The Ignatz Award-winning comic about a young man who has the power to turn into a boat is back in a new full-color graphic novel, with a never-before-seen story that combines all the ANGST of being a teen with all the THRILL of being a boat!
Praise for Teen Boat!and#160;and#160;and#160;andldquo;While I am not the John Green who illustrated this book, I am a John Green who ABSOLUTELY LOVES the unadulterated brilliance that is Teen Boat!andrdquo; andmdash;John Green, author of The Fault in Our Starsand#160;and#160;Teen Boat has always felt different from the other kids, which makes sense, since heandrsquo;s the only one who can transform into a yacht. Now, just before his high school graduation, he embarks on an epic quest of self-discovery. He learns of a mysterious city called Boatlantis, where boats are at the top of the social ladder. Can it be true? Has he finally found the place where a half boy/half boat belongs? Or will he always be torn between two worlds?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
About the Author
Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times
bestselling, multiple Eisner Award–winning creator of Smile
, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama
, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina grew up in San Francisco before moving to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. She now lives in Astoria, New York. To learn more about Raina, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.