The Black Flamingo
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The Black Flamingo

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"Intensely moving and heart-warming" Cosmo
"Bold" Guardian
"I loved every word" Malorie Blackman

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?

WINNER OF THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL
LONGLISTED FOR THE JHALAK BOOK PRIZE

*The paperback edition has beautiful gold foil added to the striking cover design*
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 28mm | 298g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444948601
  • 9781444948608
  • 5,001

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Celebratory and passionate, Atta's bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth The Guardian
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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 * Poet * A bold and joyous hymn to self-discovery and acceptance * The Bookseller * The Black Flamingo is the book I wish I had when I was younger ... joyful, emotional and full of depth -- Travis Alabanza * performance artist and poet * A very modern masterpiece * The Guyliner * 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 * A fierce, poetic, moving coming-of-age story...There's plenty of fabulous, rousing scenes to inspire, amuse and move. Lyrical, direct, honest and witty, The Black Flamingo is a breath-taking exploration of race, identity, sexuality and gender * Pen & inc. * This book felt both quiet and ferociously loud and proud at the same time, tackling deep emotions and giving me frequent goosebumps. It tackles toxic masculinity, internalised homophobia and racism with thought-provoking, phenomenal writing that utterly entranced me * Suffolk Libraries * One of our top reads this year * Just Imagine * An excellent book to spark discussions, break down barriers, open peoples eyes to other lives * Independent Book Review * Beautiful, sharp, bold and utterly original * Book Riot * Big hearted and dizzyingly flamboyant * Achuka * Uplifting and dazzlingly unique * LoveReading4Kids * Readers won't be left disappointed * The Queerness * A gorgeous and moving first person exploration of sexuality, poetry, blackness and love...a nuanced piece of freeform verse that oozes with warmth, insight and forgiveness...a beautiful piece of work, filled with love and insight and words I would have longed to read as a teenager/20-something and still to hear them again as an adult * The Queer Review * Beautifully constructed poetry * Scottish Booktrust * A moving coming-of-age story, written with heart and panache * Irish Independent * Ultimately inspiring * Irish Times * A deeply moving story of love, self belief and identity. It is a wonderfully honest and moving read - perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Sarah Crossan. told through beautifully constructed poetry, this is the coming of age story of Michael, a mixed race gay teen. Readers will be completely absorbed by Michael's personal journey, and will laugh, cry and cheer for him * The Scotsman * A force to be reckoned with, and a voice that demands to be heard * PRIDE magazine * 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 * A powerful and revealing young adult novel...bold, tender and full of blossoming moments of heartache and joy * Attitude * 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 Hodder * Financial Times * Celebratory and passionate, Atta's bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth * The Guardian *
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About Dean Atta

Named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday and "one of poetry's greatest modern voices" by Gay Times, poet Dean Atta's work has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4, often dealing with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up. Dean regularly performs across the UK and internationally. He is a member of Keats House Poets Forum and Malika's Poetry Kitchen, as well as a Tutor for Arvon and Poetry School. Dean's debut poetry collection was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His latest book, The Black Flamingo, follows a mixed-race gay teen as he spreads his wings at university as a drag performer; a bold story about embracing your uniqueness and finding your inner strength.
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3,119 ratings
4.5 out of 5 stars
5 60% (1,864)
4 33% (1,016)
3 7% (204)
2 1% (24)
1 0% (11)
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