GENRE:  Realistic, LGBTQIA, Novel in Verse

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PUBLISHER:  Balzer + Bray

AVAILABLE FORMATS:  Hardcover, Paperback,  eBook, Audiobook

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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


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    Dean Atta  

 

Illustrator Anshika Khullar

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