Big hearted and dizzyingly flamboyant, Atta’s verse novel about a black gay teen reclaiming his identity as a drag artist is an outspoken triumph from the opening couplet to the last.
'I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.'
Fiercely told, this is a powerful coming-of-age story told in verse, from one of the UK's leading poets, Dean Atta.
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.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 352 g
Dimensions: 185 x 140 x 32 mm
'Dean Atta's tender coming of age novel casts a fresh and enriching perspective on what it means to be seen as different at the level of race, culture, identity, heritage and gender ... an important book for young people' - Malika Booker
'The Black Flamingo is the book I wish I had when I was younger ... joyful, emotional and full of depth. The Black Flamingo becomes an emblem of so much, and I am so excited to read this again' - Travis Alabanza
'A bold and joyous hymn to self-discovery and acceptance' - The Bookseller
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