Author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emeritus Katherine Paterson recommends El Deafo, written and illustrated by Cece Bell. “I chose El Deafo, not only because I’ve gotten hard of hearing and it was wonderful to see portrayed just how that feels when people turn their backs and mumble when you’re desperately trying to understand, but because I think it is a delightful book for the eye, the ear, and the mind. Congratulations, by the way, to the 2014 Newbery Committee. They picked three absolutely wonderful books.”
El Deafo (Amulet Books, 2014) is recommended for ages 8-12.
Be sure to check out Paterson’s autobiographical book Stories of My Life (Dial Books, 2014).
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