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WITCH BABY LB (Weetzie Bat #2)

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Witch Baby comes to live with Weetzie Bat and My-Secret-Agent-Lover-Man and has wild adventures in Los Angeles as she tries to understand where she belongs.
Hardcover, 103 pages
Published October 20th 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 30th 1991)
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sari
May 26, 2013 sari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
i was going to read the series, but after 2 books i can't continue reading because of the immense cultural appropriation (seriously, is she legally required to mention something about headdresses or powwows or moccasins for the white characters every chapter or what?) and bordering-on-racist archetypes. i know this book was real important to many people i knew as they were growing up, but i see no real value in it besides showcasing a gay couple in a fairly non-shitty way.
Bitsy
Aug 31, 2010 Bitsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Witch Baby Francesca Lia Block really spreads her wings and finds her pace. Witch Baby is the second book in her Dangerous Angels series and is her sophomore novel. You really need to have read Weetzie Bat for Witch Baby to make any sense.

Witch Baby is my favorite character in the whole crazy Bat family. She is a black sheep, an outsider, a loner. She doesn’t want to stick her head in the sand and forget about the troubles in the world, or pretend they don’t exist. She doesn’t try and use smo
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Kayla Lee
Feb 04, 2011 Kayla Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witch Baby was actually the first Francesca Lia Block book I read, and when I finally got my hands on a copy of the first in the 'Dangerous Angels' series 'Weetzie Bat'; I knew immediately that I had read the best of them first and was immensely glad of it.
I was attracted to this writer's playful, fantasy-world language and lavish, beautifully descriptive style of writing, initially, and from the first page of Witch Baby I felt surrounded by beauty and immersed in the story's exuberance instantl
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Rosa Folgar
Nov 11, 2011 Rosa Folgar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't that I can really say much about this book. It always makes me cry. Every. Single. Time. I don't know what t is, but seeing the world through tilty purple eyes and feeling the overwhelming sadness and loneliness Witch Baby has always raises a lump in my throat, tear tracks in my pillow, and a dull ache in my heart. Everyone is so caught up in their own world and lives, they ignore a very special, very soulfully little witch baby who wants to find her place.


My favorite/the worst part is
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Allison Floyd
"'My pain is ugly, Angel Juan. I feel like I have so much ugly pain,' says Witch Baby in a dream.
'Everyone does,' Angel Juan says. 'My mother says that pain is hidden in everyone you see. She says try to imagine it like big bunches of flowers that everyone is carrying around with them. Think of your pain like a big bunch of red roses, a beautiful thorn necklace. Everyone has one.'"

This is leaps and bounds beyond Weetzie Bat in terms of plot and characterization and, like its predecessor, reads
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Steph
May 19, 2014 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If ever there was a book that captured the essence of what it feels like to be estranged from family or, worse, to feel as though you've never belonged anywhere, it's Witch Baby.

There's not a lot I can say about Francesca's stories that I haven't said before. Witch Baby is unique, it's lyrical, and the heart of the characters leaps off the page and grabs you by the throat (but in a good way).

This is a flawless sequel to Weetzie Bat. Whether reading this as an adolescent or an adult, this novel
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Meghan
Jul 18, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witch Baby was the first of the Weetzie Bat series I read back in junior high. I have a soft spot for tangled, snarled hair that persists until this day, and a slight inferiority complex about both photography and playing the drums.

Anyway, 20 years later, after I now know about Francesca Lia Block's struggles with an eating disorder, after I see the danger and weirdness of the positive racial stereotype characters in the book, I still can't help but love this book the most, because how could I
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Claire
Dec 02, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What time are we upon and where do I belong?”
This sequel centers on the character I initially cared least about (I resented her very existence toward the end of Weetzie Bat) but it resonated with me emotionally in an unexpected way. This book somehow gets it- that snarled feeling deep in your chest of wanting love and not being able to ask for it, of feeling left out in a family of people who love you. If you’ve ever hidden and watched at a party, or been very young and jealous of the love that
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Tasia
Francesca Lia Block definitely has a style all her own, that's for sure. I've read some of her poetry and other works, so I have some context for how she operates. But, while this one has that same Hollywood glitz and underlying dangerous magic, it's so rife with cultural appropriation. Referring to someone as a "blonde Indian," wearing white suede, feather headdresses, and moccasins… just stop. If she's not Native, she's not Native. There are other positive portrayals, I suppose, like Duck and ...more
Stella
Oct 26, 2011 Stella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Block's prose is really something else. It's strange, musical, bright and tumbles off the tongue in ways no other author I've read yet has. I was gifted Weetzie Bat, apparently the first book in this series, years ago and was struck by how strange and surreal Francesca Block's fictional world is. Now that I know there's more I'm going to have to hunt down the rest.
Emily Joyce
MAGIC ITS ALL MAGIC ALL THE TIME
Bcoghill Coghill
Gosh, I loved this book a decade or more ago. So, did my then teen kids.
Adrienne
Jul 31, 2007 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bald lilac-eyed misfits
What I learned from this book?

Everything.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was a cute book. I liked it very much. I need to find a bat shaped backpack, like Witch Baby.
Alyssa
Disclaimer: I'm currently reading through Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, but I'm reviewing each book individually because they are very much independent stories with their own separate conclusions.

Witch Baby carries a bat-shaped backpack and wears black cowboy-boot roller skates. Why didn't I have cool stuff like that when I was a kid?

In Witch Baby, we get to know not only Witch Baby, but Dirk and Duck a little better. Witch Baby has grown into a dark, snarly child. She sees all that's
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Marie
Just like Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby is also a quick, short, lyrical read. Out of the five Weetzie Bat books, I think this one was not my favorite. Not bad, but not as great as the other four.

While Weetzie Bat was from Weetzie's point of view, Witch Baby is from the perspective of Weetzie's almost-daughter, Witch Baby. In Weetzie Bat, Weetzie, Duck, and Dirk find a baby in a basket on their front porch and they take her in. Now she's grown up a bit (again, no age is given) and she's off to try to f
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scout cook
Aug 03, 2009 scout cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Witch Baby takes place in Los Angeles, California, sometime in the mid 1980's. The main character and also basic subject of the story, Witch Baby Bat, is a young girl who feels like an outcast in her own family. She feels as if she is nothing like her family, and as if they don't understand her. She runs away from home multiple times, and takes us on many exciting journeys. She is made extremely depressed multiple times throughout the whole book, which only captivates the reader more!


I can make

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Julie Decker
Jul 27, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witch Baby often feels like an outcast even in her own family. She knows her father had an affair with a witch, and that she literally turned up as a baby on a doorstep to be raised by Weetzie's family. And she knows Weetzie tries to be a good mom, raising her alongside her almost-sister, Cherokee, as if they were twins. But she's always felt like the odd one out, and she burrows into herself, observing the world and seeing its ugliness through articles of disaster and photographs that gather be ...more
Madeleine
Jan 15, 2014 Madeleine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this sequel to WEETZIE BAT even better than the first. I was talking to someone about Weetzie Bat and one of the main reasons she hated it and didn't continue to read the series because of the horrible, controversial topics that were glossed over. And I agreed with her...however, all those things made much more sense after reading this book. This was like an answer to Weetzie...a recognition that everyone was willingly ignoring the negative parts of life by smoothing it over and bedazzli ...more
Jess
May 01, 2011 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Francesca Lia Block's books are sweet fairy tales, but sometimes that's all they are for me. I can't take some of the hipster Native American cultural appropriation stuff seriously, and when the topic of Mexican immigrants came up, I was worried about how it would be portrayed in such a surreal book. But Block dealt with the topic in a mature way that was also accessible to teenagers who may have undocumented friends and loved ones but may not understand the circumstances of the situation.

I have
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Sherri
Aug 24, 2013 Sherri rated it it was ok
I found this book when I was browsing through my local library, and it caught my eye. When I first started reading it I didn't care for it at all, but I looked on here and saw that it had pretty high ratings, so that and the fact that once I start a book I feel compelled to finish it forced me to continue on with it.
I thought the book was a little strange. However, I do like the points that it makes about the struggles of Duck and Dirk coming out to Duck's family as being in a same-sex relation
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Felicity
I don't cry that often or that easily - if I do, it usually denotes frustration rather than sadness. I have sat through many a tearjerker dry-eyed, moved but just not expressing that emotion in tears. But this book makes me cry. Every time I read it (which is going on four or five now) it makes me cry. This is a good thing, for me; it's cathartic. Something about this little book perfectly expresses what it feels like to be outside, to be alone, even (or especially) in the midst of people who lo ...more
Swankivy
Jul 27, 2014 Swankivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second story in the Dangerous Angels series. Witch Baby is, of course, about Witch Baby, the product of My Secret Agent Lover Man's affair with a witch when he was mad at Weetzie for letting Dirk and Duck father a child with her. The baby had turned up on their doorstep and is now being raised as an "almost-sister" to Cherokee, Weetzie's daughter. But she doesn't feel at all like she belongs. She feels ugly and unappreciated in Weetzie's golden, shining, happy family, and spends lots ...more
Maggie
Dec 13, 2010 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I should give this three or four stars. It was a tad too short. I really liked the themes that were explored, and I could relate to Witch Baby's alienation, but it still felt like there was more there that could have been brought to the surface.

It wasn't as exciting or cool as Weetzie Bat, but maybe that's because I'm used to FLB's style by now. Sometimes it was hard to figure out exactly what was going on or where something was situated. Basically, I couldn't always visualize w
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Rebecca
Jul 16, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
This is the second book in the Dangerous Angels collection. This one is about the youngest in the group, Witch Baby (yep, that’s her name) as she tries to find when and where she belongs in the world. It’s charming to see things through her eccentric, perspective. I’m not sure exactly how old she’s supposed to be at this point, but still very young. At first, I was a little skeptical about her depth b/c of how young she is… but then, she’s a witch… and this is a fairy tale. My skepticism dwindle ...more
Haylee
Jul 20, 2014 Haylee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was wow. Sure Weetzie was really fun and fuzzy to read but I felt so much with Witch Baby. We all pine over Weetzie but we all have a bit of Witch in us. I could feel my heartache at parts I just had to stop. I'm glad she was able to find that she had a place in the world but it wasn't definite you know? A lot of books leave you at a point where they're happy and they're going to be happy in that place forever and ever but in Witch Baby she's found her place but knows that her sadness i ...more
cat
Aug 30, 2007 cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i still vividly remember buying this...our family was at the old Children's Place bookstore around halloween and each kid got to pick a book (i am pretty sure Chris picked a comic book and Claire picked something about fantastically-dressed witches), and i saw this and read the first page and fell totally in love with this angry, out-of-place girl surrounded by all these people who seem to understand life in a way she doesn't...i still go back to it when i am feeling out of place and angry...
Bethany
Aug 07, 2010 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Witch Baby and Weetzie bat were both my absolute favorite stories from Francesca Lia Block. Reading these stories made me want to get lost in LA and just go crazy with my imagination and be so confident like the characters she wrote of. I read this book in highschool and it made me fall in love with reading. Ever since then I always need to have a book in hand. I've read all her books and love her as an author.
Christiana Sherrill
"What time are we upon and where do I belong?" Witch Baby, an adopted child in an eccentric family, struggles to find where she fits in, even with all her differences. She's not like her blond haired, blue-eyed sister Cherokee, she doesn't resemble her mother Weetzie, and the boy she loves loves someone else. Where does she fit? Armed with a camera and cowboy boot roller skates, Witch Baby searches LA to find her origins. Easily the best book of the Dangerous Angels series.
Patty
Oct 30, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!
Delightfully deliciously quirky. Heart warming situations. A sort of light handed way to deal with really tough real life issues.
I can not get enough of the names of the key players...Weetzie Bat and Dirk and Duck and Cherokee and
Witch Baby. Soulful situations...lovely stories. A truly yummy book.
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Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a spr
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Weetzie Bat (6 books)
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“My mother says that pain is hidden in everyone you see. She says try to imagine it like big bunches of flowers that everyone is carrying around with them. Think of your pain like a big bunch of red roses, a beautiful thorn necklace. Everyone has one.” 171 likes
“Witch Baby wanted to ask Ping how to find her Jah-Love angel. She knew Raphael was not him, even though Raphael had the right eyes and smile and name. She knew how he looked--the angel in her dream--but she didn't know how to find him. Should she roller-skate through the streets in the evenings when the streetlights flicker on? Should she stow away to Jamaica on a cruise ship and search for him in the rain forests and along the beaches? Would he come to her? Was he waiting, dreaming of her in the same way she waited and dreamed?” 9 likes
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