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"The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school," writes Francesca Lia Block in the opening line of Weetzie Bat, her strange and breathtaking 1989 Young Adult novel, “is because no one understood.”

LA native Francesca Lia Block created her punk/pixie heroine as a homesick college student. Since then, the first Weetzie Bat generation has grown up and bought the books for their own kids, and Block has written dozens of other books. Including, most recently, Pink Smog, a Weetzie Bat prequel. 

Rediscover a young adult modern classic, its prequel, and hear an interview with their creator, the one and only Francesca Lia Block, all of which were first published at our Young Adult and Children’s Literature page.

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