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.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Older Readers Prize 2021
This is not about being ready, it's not even about being fierce, or fearless, it's about being free.
Michael waits in the stage wings, wearing a pink wig, pink fluffy coat and black heels.
One more step will see him illuminated by spotlight.
He has been on a journey of bravery to get here, and he is almost ready to show himself to the world in bold colours ...
Can he emerge as The Black Flamingo?
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm
'Celebratory and passionate, Atta's bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth' - The Guardian
'The short lines give Michael's story an epigrammatic quality and an urgent pace that is deeply involving.' - The Financial Times
'A novel told in beautifully-written verse...an uplifting coming of age story' - The Independent
'A powerful and revealing young adult novel...bold, tender and full of blossoming moments of heartache and joy' - Attitude
'One of poetry's greatest modern voices...The Black Flamingo is a powerful coming-of-age story about finding who you are, all told in beautifully-written verse...with an overarching message of embracing who you are and showing your true colours in the world that often imposes mundanity, it's a book that anyone can appreciate' - Gay Times
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