El Deafo

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Charming, funny comics memoir of growing up deaf.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 20 reviews

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age 14+

Very inappropriate for young kids

In one part el deco looks down her shirt and spells attic >^

This title has:

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 7+
I think my expectations were too high for this book. I think it is certainly important to give kids the opportunity to learn about and empathize with the experiences of the author. Because I have read some really amazing stories in which there are similar opportunities with regard to other subject matter ("Out of My Mind," "Fish in a Tree," for example), I thought this would be similar. I found this story interesting as an adult, but it seemed aimed at a much younger age group than 9--the story-teller and the language were very child-like. And, however educational and important this story is, it was simply not a page-turner for me. It was a fast read because it was simple, not because I had to keep going to find out what happened.

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Educational value
1 person found this helpful.

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