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Francesca Lia Block

Biography

Francesca Lia Block

Author Francesca Lia Block is renowned for her groundbreaking novels and stories --- postmodern, magic-realist tales that transport readers through the harsh, gritty landscapes of contemporary life to transcendent realms of the senses where love is always our saving grace.

Born in Los Angeles, where she still lives, Block’s work pulsates with the language and images of the city’s sprawling subculture. Lauds a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, “Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler.”

Block has described her work as “contemporary fairy tales with an edge,” where the real world and its trouble find solace through the magic of creative expression and love. She has received numerous honors, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award, as well as citations from the American Library Association, the New York Times Book Review and the School Library Journal. Her work has been published around the world, translated into many languages.

Francesca Lia Block

Books by Francesca Lia Block

by Francesca Lia Block - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
After Julie's grandmother passes away, she is forced to move and start over at a new school. The only silver lining to the dark cloud around her is Clark, who is just as awkward and damaged as she is. When the two try to contact Julie's grandmother with a Ouija board, they make contact with a different spirit altogether. And this ghost will do whatever it takes to come back to the world of the living.
by Francesca Lia Block - Youth Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything --- her home, her parents, and her 10-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it and faces her mortal enemy.

by Francesca Lia Block - Fiction

Ariel Silverman is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them, Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.

by Francesca Lia Block - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Weetzie is Louise’s dad’s nickname for her, but it won’t stay put. Neither will her dad. But L.A. is a city full of strange angels, and Louise embarks on a journey to sift through the smog of her heartbreak, to grow her own wings, to become Weetzie.

by Francesca Lia Block - Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult 14+

The only time when Liv truly feels like herself is when she's with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town. While Corey and Liv's love binds them together, Liv's past threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who --- or what --- she really is.