Being a new kid in a new school is tough for any kid, let alone one who has to do it with a bulky hearing aid strapped to her chest. But the heroine in this book finds an alter ego who turns her deafness into a special power, and with her Phonic Ear becomes "El Deafo, Listener for All."
Writing in The Washington Post, Sharon Pajka says:
"In dream scenes, Cece wears a red cape when she needs the strength of a superhero, but in one, it vanishes when she’s asked, 'Are you DEAF?' She parallels her experiences to Batman’s: 'Superheroes might be awesome, but they are also different. And being different feels a lot like being alone.' Batman retreats to his Batcave; Cece steps into 'The Bubble of Loneliness."
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