Books by Francesca Lia Block

TEEN SPIRIT by Francesca Lia Block
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Try Rosemary Clement-Moore's Spirit and Dust (2013) instead for a more substantial psychic teen. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
One haunted girl chooses between twin brothers—who inhabit the same body. Read full book review >
LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Mishmash or no, there's something encouraging about seeing four queer kids on an epic journey across the post-apocalyptic American Southwest. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Block's latest can't decide if it's allegory, tribute or classical fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Well-paced and lushly written."
Silver rings, a profusion of flowers, hazy graveyards and perhaps the fae embroider this hypnotic tale. Read full book review >
PINK SMOG by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"A dreamlike tale of bullying and coping that owes slightly too much to nostalgia to work. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Does this failed prequel to the Phoenix Award–winning Weetzie Bat (1989) at least succeed as a standalone novel? Read full book review >
THE FRENZY by Francesca Lia Block
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A passionate, dreamy, brief paranormal, with a breath-of-fresh-air monstrous heroine and enjoyably surreal set dressing—the best friend and boyfriend deserve better, though. (Paranormal romance. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Liv has a secret nobody else knows: On her 13th birthday, she got her first period and turned into a wolf. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF DOLLS by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"An emotionally resonant surprise. (Doll fantasy. 8-12)"
Madison Blackberry is bored, despite the beguiling charms of her dollhouse, complete with its sentient inhabitants Rockstar (a mousy doll, ironically named), Wildflower (a celluloid doll whose boyfriend Guy is a "dark-skinned plastic doll in army fatigues") and the lavender-eyed, dress-designing fairy Miss Selene. Read full book review >
PRETTY DEAD by Francesca Lia Block
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Wine-drinking, brand-name–adorned and gothically tormented, Charlotte provides a nice interlude for those readers who'd rather be a vampire than marry one. (Fantasy. YA)"
Charlotte has been a vampire for 80 years, and for the first time she wants something she thinks she can have: beautiful Emily Rosedale. Read full book review >
EVIDENCE OF ANGELS by Suza Scalora
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Many readers will squint to discern the images, as she drenches the page with color, popping light and dizzying motion. (Picture book. 12 & up)"
Scalora documents the existence of supernatural creatures in the periphery of our everyday world with her camera, this time capturing angels in a catalog of vibrant, ethereal images. Read full book review >
THE WATERS AND THE WILD by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2009

"Neither fantasy nor a rich exploration of character. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This brief novella, an overly pat melding of magical realism and metaphor, brings together three teens who feel so alienated from society that they believe themselves to be, well, alien. Read full book review >
HOW TO (UN)CAGE A GIRL by Francesca Lia Block
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Free verse, somewhat surprisingly, makes a better framework for Block's plush imagery than does prose, as this spare collection of poems about women young and old demonstrates. Read full book review >
BLOOD ROSES by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2008

These partially interconnected short stories treat magic as metaphor rather than as reality, in a watered-down version of Block's trademark magical realism. Read full book review >
PSYCHE IN A DRESS by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Mature teens will appreciate these modernized myths as the perfect vehicle for showcasing Block's talent for creating an illusory, though emotionally realistic, world that is both ethereal and edgy. (Fiction. YA)"
Using free verse and borrowing familiar archetypes from Greek mythology, Block tells a story of enduring love and the cyclical nature of life. Read full book review >
RUBY by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2006

"A moody fairy tale of hope."
Stronger-willed than the father who abused her, a Midwestern girl sets out to find a better life. Read full book review >
NECKLACE OF KISSES by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Lovely language and ambitious ideas aside, the novel's emotional content is thin, and entirely too much relies on some very pretty window dressing."
Author of the acclaimed Weetzie Bat series, YA novelist Block gives her YA heroine a mid-life crisis for the adult market—with mixed results. Read full book review >
WASTELAND by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The life of Southern California and a few musical references and artifacts of the late 1960s create a small distance from a great sorrow. (Fiction. YA)"
Most of Block's books are iridescent rainbows of prose, no matter how knotty the scenario. Read full book review >
ECHO by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Intense but not explicit eroticism, the lure of wrong choices, and the ultimate redemption of love at the right time will keep readers mesmerized until the last page. (Fiction. YA)"
The sorceress of iridescent language is back again in a tale a bit sparer and a bit darker than her usual. Read full book review >
THE ROSE AND THE BEAST by Francesca Lia Block
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Readers who thrilled to Donohue's Kissing the Witch (1997) and Donna Jo Napoli's Zel (1996) will find similar dark magic here. (Fiction. YA)"
Nine fairytales are given shimmering and scary shape in very modern dress, with Block's luminescent, darkling prose. Read full book review >
NYMPH by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Call these bedtime firecrackers."
YA novelist Block (I Was a Teenage Fairy, 1998, etc.) moves into the adult market—the very adult market—in a series of tales tied together by lyrical sex that would stir a wooden Indian. Read full book review >
VIOLET AND CLAIRE by Francesca Lia Block
Released: Oct. 31, 1999

"Fans of the author's previous works will take to this one; newcomers will be captured by the rainbow iridescence of Block's prose and her hallucinatory descriptions of the darkest of teen angst and shiniest of Hollywood glitz. (Fiction. 13+)"
PLB 0-06-027750-5 In a Neverland-yet-here-and-now Los Angeles, Block (I Was a Teenage Fairy, 1998, etc.) first presents Violet, who is 17, and who has already endured her Goth phase; she's also been depressed and a cutter of her own flesh. Read full book review >
I WAS A TEENAGE FAIRY by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"Block (Girl Goddess #9, 1996, etc.) conjures up some sympathy for Barbie's mother, and even for the photographer, but lines between heroes and villains are deliberately drawn, and the book, with its live-wire sprite, is as bright and focused as anything she has written. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Unique language and characters turn a problem novel into romantic comedy in this tale of a molested Valley teenager and her sharp-tongued, pinky-sized companion. Read full book review >
GIRL GODDESS #9 by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"As with Block's novels, these small dazzlers explore enduring values and provide a diverting take on facets of contemporary teen culture. (Short stories. 12+)"
 Nine short stories from an author (Baby Be-Bop, 1995, etc.) with a gift for creating warmly human characters with wildly unconventional exteriors. Read full book review >
BABY BE-BOP by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"Fleshing out one (actually two, as Dirk's companion-to-be, Duck, puts in an appearance) of the colorful characters introduced in Weetzie Bat (1989), Block displays the brilliant, original vision that makes all her books unforgettable. (Fiction. 12+)"
 A powerful story of a gay teenager troubled not so much by the fact of his sexual preference as by its loneliness. ``Dirk had known it since he could remember.'' Determined not to be hurt by ``it''he has seen sorrow in the eyes of his grandmother Fifi's friends, Martin and Merlinhe has built up a tough, cool exterior while desperately trying to conceal his passion for equally cool classmate Pup Lambert. Read full book review >
THE HANGED MAN by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Block's usually vivid characters and daring, original vision are not much in evidence in this distant tale of a damaged teenager. (Fiction. 12+)"
 After her father's death from cancer, Laurel returns to her toymaker's fantasy of a house beneath the ``HOLLYWOOD'' sign for an aimless round of parties and outings, most of which could be interchanged without harming the plot. Read full book review >
MISSING ANGEL JUAN by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"In her fourth book, Block's lyrical interplay of leitmotifs and artful allusions (statues, mannequins, drag queens; photos, mirrors, ghosts; pimps, wholesale butchers, vegetarians; and, of course, angels) continues to be uniquely fascinating and provocative. (Fiction. 12+)"
 Still following the teenage experiences of Weetzie Bat (1989) and her friends, Block departs, for the first time, from the L.A. scene. Read full book review >
CHEROKEE BAT AND THE GOAT GUYS by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"Not to be missed. (Fiction. YA)"
 Block's third visit to the pop L.A. world focuses on Weetzie Bat's teenage daughter and her lifelong friends Raphael, Witch Baby, and Angel Juan, who start a rock band (the ``Goat Guys'') while their parents are in South America making a film, leaving the kids in care of Native-American friend Coyote. Read full book review >
WITCH BABY by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

 This sequel to the extraordinary Weetzie Bat (1989) revisits L.A.'s frenetic pop world, again using exquisitely crafted language to tell a story whose glitzy surface veils thoughtful consideration of profound contemporary themes. Read full book review >
WEETZIE BAT by Francesca Lia Block
Released: April 30, 1989

Punk flower-child Weetzie and her gay friend Dirk adventure through Hollywood's plastic fantasy land, finding solace from life's cruelties in their own loving household. Read full book review >