• The Black Flamingo

  • By: Dean Atta
  • Narrated by: Dean Atta
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Interview: 'The Black Flamingo' Sings the Joys of Drag

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  • The Black Flamingo
  • 'I think especially as a Black man, to be an LGBT role model is important...'

Publisher's Summary

Stonewall Book Award Winner
A Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time

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.

"In this uplifting coming-of-age novel told in accessible verse, Atta chronicles the growth and glory of Michael Angeli, a mixed-race kid from London, as he navigates his cultural identity as Cypriot and Jamaican as well as his emerging sexuality." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

©2020 Dean Atta (P)2020 HarperAudio

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BRILLIANT!

Finished it in one day. Raw and Wholesome. The poetry stood out like crown jewels. I'm not crying...YOU are crying 😂

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Beautiful and Powerful

Verse novels aren't something I read a lot of. Before I would have probably said not my thing. Absolutely loved this! It's read by the Author and that gives it extra meaning. Would definitely read/listen to this Author again.

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