Many of the books I review I seek out, but some come to me in unexpected ways. Along with the book Fleabrain Loves Frannie,
I was given one I’d never heard of, called El Deafo
by Cece Bell
, a graphic memoir novel. I flipped through it — bunny characters, a deaf girl, school problems, and intriguing scenes like this:
|I love seeing Spock with bunny ears|
In this after school special, the character is deaf and some one calls them deafo, which causes Cece some soul searching.
I was hooked, started reading, and pretty much devoured all 230 some odd pages. It tells the story of a girl who contracted meningitis and lost her hearing at age 4. She gets a bulky hearing aid she wears in a pouch around her neck with wires and earbuds. It’s only partially successful. What she hears is not what people are saying.