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Witch Baby

(Weetzie Bat #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,701 ratings  ·  127 reviews
The family that took her in called her Witch Baby and raised her as their own. But even though she tried to fit in, Witch Baby never felt as though she truly belonged. So one day she packed her bat-shaped backpack, put on her black cowboy-boot roller skates, and went out into the world to find out who she really was...
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by HarperTeen (first published August 30th 1991)
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I loved the first Weetzie Bat book. It was so stylish and this California surfer greaser vibe. It was one of the first books in the early 90s with gay characters for a young adult audience. Now that is so normal that it isn't much of a big deal, but respect for the groundbreaker.

This story follows Witch Baby, the daughter that was left on Weetzie and My Secret Agent Lover-Man's doorstep. They live in a house with several couples and Dirk and Duck are a gay couple. It's has a commune vibe. All t
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Rosa Folgar
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Like other reviewers have commented, the persistent cultural appropriation is uncomfortable and wrong and I wouldn't blame anyone for passing on this series because of it. But I can see why people like these books so much, there is a realer-than-real quality to these books because of how dream-like they are and there are real, emotional questions at the center (in this book; what do you do with all the pain in the world? with your own pain?) that are handled well.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, 2018
Pretty sure this was my fave in the series 20 years ago. Better than Weetzie Bat but still loses major points for its weird fetishistic treatment of Native Americans and their culture. If you can put that aside though (not that you have to), the story of alienation and not feeling like one belongs anywhere is one that resonates. And this book does touch on some bigger social issues - queer coming out & acceptance, immigration and deportation. ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Witch Baby is one of the best unlikable protagonists ever. She's angry, mean, and super furious at injustice. She can't communicate her feelings, and no one really understands her. But she has a heart of violet gold, and this book continues the fantastical writing of Francesca Lia Bloch. I love it so much.
Emily Joyce
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute book. I liked it very much. I need to find a bat shaped backpack, like Witch Baby.
Jul 18, 2012 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
Claire LaPolt
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Luna Naomi
same problems with racial stereotypes and appropriation as last time.

something people neglect to tell you when you're young is being the black sheep is highly overrated. reading this hits differently than the first time. even if everyone loves witch baby there are so many small microaggressions against her and the book is her dealing with her lack of identity. they don't even call her by her real name for gods sake. everyone gets better at the end but the entire book is how weird witch baby is i
Oct 26, 2011 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.
Jul 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bald lilac-eyed misfits
What I learned from this book?

Bcoghill Coghill
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I loved this book a decade or more ago. So, did my then teen kids.
Pixi Jo
Ms. Block has a way with words and all three stars in this twinkly review go to her ability to write and keep you interested and curious!
Her characters and the story content itself however... she flailed desperately to try get them to work together but they were having none of it and rather sat in opposite corners and glared at each other.

Overall fun and teens will love it, so I'd recommend it as a read for the magical word play but don't expect any good, strong, chewy bits to it.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
As this one stands at #2 in the Weetzie Bat series, I would highly recommend starting with the first. I made the mistake and read this one before reading Weetzie Bat. While I really did enjoy the books and the quick read, I feel I would have gotten a lot more out of it if I had read them in the proper order.

The reader gets a very quick run through of the characters in the household and is left to enjoy the craziness that is the family. Witch Baby, who feels like an out of place outcast, tries h
Jennifer Patino
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wasn't going to review these books, but I can't keep quiet anymore.

I'd rate them higher for being wildly unique and one of the
most entertaining magical realism books I've ever read, but they're filled with racist stereotypes and cultural appropriation that as a native person, I don't appreciate. It's laughable how bad it is, but seriously, I hope this author has learned that it's not okay because she's still writing. It's not just native culture that's appropriated here either.

I read an articl
Erika Worley
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book back in middle school before I knew how to check if a book was a sequel or not. So, I thought it was a standalone book. And, being the fantasy lover I am, I had to check out a book called "Witch Baby." In many ways I was too young for the story and the writing; I found many parts confusing in what was already a surreal story. The fortunate thing was probably that I happened to choose Witch Baby since it is from the perspective of a child, while the other books in the serie ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have no words. Okay, maybe a few short and sweet words, but none that are the slightest bit worthy of Block and her beautiful stories. Now, I've slept a few times since reading the first book of the series, but this book really spoke to me, even more so than Weetzie Bat (and I loved Weetzie Bat). In fact, I'm planning on framing or making an art piece out of the last two pages for my wall because they spoke so deeply to me. I'm pretty sure I'm Witch Baby and FLB is an omniscient goddess writin ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a pure slice of a California hippie fairy tale. The style is so over the top, but it still has a heart. I might scour all of the Goodwills in the area for the other books in the series.

(By the way, there's a lot of cultural appropriation in this. That is hippie culture. You will see the same thing at most new age store's. I'm not saying it's right or ok, but this book was written 25 years ago about people who did that)
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, lgbtq
"Witch Baby saw that her own sadness was only a small piece of the puzzle of pain that made up the globe. But she was a part of the globe--she had her place. And there was a lot of happiness as well, a lot of love" (102-03). Beautiful, lyrical, this novella captures the timeless and timely feeling of its predecessor, but creates a new and equally interesting heroine in Witch Baby. FLB's prose is so economical yet so moving--I'm kind of surprised people don't study it more.
I love this series so much. After reading Weetzie Bat, I wanted to know more about Witch Baby.

Francesca Lia Block has a gorgeous, delicious writing style and that's what keeps me coming back for more. It's just the right amount of prose.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Strange, strange and then some strange. The language wasn't as bad as the first one but I'm pretty sure she was on something when she wrote the series.
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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 the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Week ...more

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