The Black Flamingo
- Author Dean Atta, illustrated by Anshika Khullar
- Narrator Dean Atta
- Publisher Hachette Children's Group
- Run Time 3 hours and 50 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Dating, relationships, romance and love, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem, Children’s / Teenage: Poetry.
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What to expect
Fiercely told, this is a powerful coming-of-age story told in verse, from one of the UK’s leading poets, Dean Atta. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan and Poet X.
A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.
(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
Celebratory and passionate, Atta’s bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truthThe Guardian
The short lines give Michael’s story an epigrammatic quality and an urgent pace that is deeply involving. A compact hardback edition, it has been beautifully produced by HodderFinancial Times
The heartwarming coming-of-age YA novelBustle
A novel told in beautifully-written verse…an uplifting coming of age storyThe Independent
Beautiful…a delight to read, whatever your ageThe Independent
This incredibly raw debut novel excellently captures internal struggles of growing up and learning to find your voice. Written in verse, this is one that is sure to make you shed a tear.Grazia
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