Weetzie Bat – book


Bibliographic Information:

Title: Weetzie Bat
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright date: 1989
ISBN: 978-0060736255
Pages: 109

Genre(s): Young adult, Magical Realism, Romance, Coming of Age

Reading Level/Interest Age: 5th grade / Upper grades (9-12)

Readers Annotation: After Dirk’s grandmother gives Weetzie Bat a magic lamp and she wishes for everything they ever wanted, will it truly be a happily ever after?

Author Bio/Information:

From Francesca’s website: http://www.francescaliablock.com/about

“Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book ReviewSchool Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. She was named Writer-in-Residence at Pasadena City College in 2014. Her work has been translated into Italian, French, German Japanese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Portuguese. Francesca has also published stories, poems, essays and interviews in The Los Angeles TimesThe L.A. Review of BooksSpinNylonBlack Clock and Rattle among others. In addition to writing, she teaches fiction workshops at UCLA Extension,Antioch University and privately in Los Angeles where she was born, raised and currently still lives.

Ties to Curriculum Units: Coming of Age novels, Banned Books, LGBTQ Literature

Booktalking Ideas: Magical realism definition as a genre, discuss LGBTQ issues, banned books

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