GENRE: Realistic, LGBTQIA, Novel in Verse
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
AVAILABLE FORMATS: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
The Black Flamingo
By Dean Atta
A fierce coming-of-age verse novel about identity and the power of drag, from acclaimed poet and performer Dean Atta. Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Jason Reynolds, and Kacen Callender.
Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he’s navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican—but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough.
As he gets older, Michael’s coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs—and the Black Flamingo is born.
Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are—and allow us to shine.
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BOOK AWARDS/STARRED REVIEWS
Chicago Public Library, Teens Best of the Best Books 2020, Fiction
CILIP Carnegie Medal (UK) Shortlist, 2020
Jhalak Children’s and YA Prize (UK), Short List, 2020
Kirkus, Starred Review, 2020
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 2020
Rainbow Book List, 2021
School Library Journal Best Books, 2020
School Library Journal, Starred Review, 2020
Shelf Awareness, Starred Review, 2020
Stonewall Award, Children’s & Young Adult Literature, 2020
YA Book Prize Shortlist, 2020
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2021
"University" from The Black Flamingo - Dean Atta Live Performance
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