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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses ‘El Deafo’



Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 27, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Cece Bell’s award-winning, graphic novel memoir, “El Deafo,” will be discussed followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of “El Deafo” will be available for checkout with regis­tration at the Children’s Desk.

Going to school and making new friends can be scary, let alone doing so while learning to live with hearing loss. Bell wittily recounts her child­hood, from contracting meningitis at an early age and her subsequent hearing loss, through loneliness and isolation from her classmates, to her triumphant emergence as “El Deafo, Listener for All.” At turns honest and bittersweet, empowering and fantasti­cally funny, this 2015 Newbery Honor title is a treat — illuminating and yet, at its core, a tale about something to which we all can relate: the search for friendship despite our differences.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Li­brary. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library. escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760- 839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is lo­cated at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.



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