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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Baby Be-Bop

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ISBN13: 9780064471763
ISBN10: 0064471764
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In the fifth of her highly acclaimed Weetzie Bat books, Francesca Lia Block delves into the early life of Dirk MacDonald. Dirk,whom readers first met in Weetzie Bat, has always known he was gay. Struggling with what it means to be different, he ultimately learns to accept — and love — himself for who he is. "Block's writing, always passionate, dazzles here...[she] displays brilliant, original vision that makes all her books unforgettable." (Kirkus Reviews).In this novel set prior to Weetzie Bat, teenager Dirk McDonald, Weetzie's best pal, has always known he is gay.What he doesn't know is how to tell his grandma Fifi—until one night, when all the wild and powerful story-images from the past begin to flow out of a magic lamp. "Fleshing out one of the colorful characters introduced in Weetzie Bat, Block displays the brilliant, original vision that makes all her books unforgettable."—K. "Here, more purposefully than ever before, Block weaves a safety net of words for readers longing to feel at home with themselves."—SLJ.

Best Books of 1995 (Publishers Weekly)

1996 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)

Finalist, Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Award for Lit. 1996 (ALA)

1996 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)In this novel set prior to Weetzie Bat, teenager Dirk McDonald, Weetzie's best pal, has always known he is gay. What he doesn't know is how to tell his grandma Fifi—until one night, when all the wild and powerful story-images from the past begin to flow out of a magic lamp. "Fleshing out one of the colorful characters introduced in Weetzie Bat, Block displays the brilliant, original vision that makes all her books unforgettable."—K. "Here, more purposefully than ever before, Block weaves a safety net of words for readers longing to feel at home with themselves."—SLJ.

Best Books of 1995 (Publishers Weekly)

1996 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)

Finalist, Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Award for Lit. 1996 (ALA)

1996 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

Synopsis:

Everyone has a story to tell ...

Dirk McDonald's life was almost perfect. He lived with this grandmother, Fifi, in a beautiful gingerbread cottage in Hollywood. He had the beach, and his surfboard, and Fifi's red-and-white 1955 Pontiac convertible.

But Dirk wasn't happy. Inside, he was harboring a deep, dark secret. And he was afraid that if he admitted it to anyone - even Fifi - he would never be accepted again.

Then one night, Dirk's magic lamp came to life. Suddenly, all the stories from Dirk's past came flowing out of it. On that night, his life changed forever. At last, Dirk learned who he really was, and that any love that is love is right.

About the Author

Francesca Lia Block is the acclaimed author of the Los Angeles Times best-sellers The Rose And The Beast, Violet &Claire, and Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, as well as I Was A Teenage Fairy, Girl Goddess #9, and The Hanged Man. Her work has been translated into seven different languages and is published around the world. She made her dazzling entrance onto the literary scene with her debut novel, Weetzie Bat, in 1989.

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yawnmower1, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by yawnmower1)
A remarkable little book. It is the fifth and last book in Ms. Block's Weetzie Bat series, and is really a prequel to the first, Weetzie Bat. The characters Dirk and Duck were introduced in the first book, already a couple. In Baby Be-bop, the story centers around pre-Weetzie Dirk who is simply a teenage boy in search of love from another boy but unable to find it. He sees it in a dream but, considering the world around him, he is skeptical of it becoming a reality. It is his search, which leads him in many directions before finding his destination -- some of which are not so nice. Ms. Block never shies away from the hard knox of life.

Ms. Block creates a world for young adults which is a mixture of magic and reality. Her writing is poetic, descriptive, moving, and fun by turns. One is tempted to compare these works to The Little Prince in that it is primarily for children, but can also enthrall and astound adults with its observations and emotional content.

I first read Baby Be-bop on a plane flight, having found it by accident on a used-book shelf. I was moved, touched, amused, and enlightened.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064471763
Author:
Block, Francesca Lia
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Author:
Diaz, David
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Infants
Subject:
Social Situations - Homosexuality
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Weetzie Bat Books
Publication Date:
19970515
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.02x4.17x.32 in. .21 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Baby Be-Bop
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"Synopsis" by ,
Everyone has a story to tell ...

Dirk McDonald's life was almost perfect. He lived with this grandmother, Fifi, in a beautiful gingerbread cottage in Hollywood. He had the beach, and his surfboard, and Fifi's red-and-white 1955 Pontiac convertible.

But Dirk wasn't happy. Inside, he was harboring a deep, dark secret. And he was afraid that if he admitted it to anyone - even Fifi - he would never be accepted again.

Then one night, Dirk's magic lamp came to life. Suddenly, all the stories from Dirk's past came flowing out of it. On that night, his life changed forever. At last, Dirk learned who he really was, and that any love that is love is right.

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