The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story, told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Poet X and Orangeboy.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...

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Title:The Black Flamingo
Author:Dean Atta
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Edition Language:English

The Black Flamingo Reviews

  • Lucy Powrie
    A beautiful, seamless verse novel about growing up, coming out, and finding your place in the world. The powerful words are enhanced by Anshika Khullar’s thought-provoking illustrations. Amazing!...
  • Anniek
    RTC, but let's just say I adored this, and I already can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy and reread it and put sticky tabs all over it.CWs: physical abuse, absent father, racism, homophobia, drug use, alcohol consumption, bullying, toxic masculinity...
  • Kai
    who else did not know they needed this drag queen origin story??I first saw Dean Atta talk and read at a poetry event in Berlin. I had previously read his poem "How to come out as gay" in the queer anthology Proud (that you should definitely read cause it's perfect and super gay) and couldn't believ...
  • Dean_o
    THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL THE STARS!!I honestly picked this one up last minute at YALC. I had met Dean Atta the day before and was immediately in love.However, I have never really been into poetry.I always felt like they were a bunch of pretty words put together to maybe rhyme but most of all sound goo...
  • Acqua
    A beautiful coming-of-age story about a gay biracial black boy as he find his voice through poetry and drag.For me, it's always a breath of fresh air to read about marginalized characters who are not from the US. Yes, Michael is British, and it's not difficult to find stories set in England, but sto...
  • N
    Michael, the main character in The Black Flamingo, deals with racism and exclusion. Michael learns how to find himself as ever since a young age he has not been a ‘male stereotype’. With expectations about who he’s meant to be, Michael joins a drag group and fits right in, although he...
  • Lauren James
    [Gifted]A beautifully written, empathetic look at a young boy searching for who he really is. Absolutely wonderful....
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    I haven't loved verse novels in the past. I have found them hard to connect to... Until The Black Flamingo. Men are sand castles made out of pebblesand the bucket is patriarchy: if you remove it,we fear we won't be able to hold ourselvestogether, we pour in cement to fill the gapsto make ourselves ...

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