The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

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Recommended by Rachel Cook (@dramateech)

Form and genre: this is a novel written in poetic verse

Length: 367 pages

Summary: A coming of age verse poetry of life as a young mixed race gay drag queen.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Explores issues related to the LGBTQ community, sexuality, identity. I would recommend for Y8/9.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Beautiful verse – highly literary language. Interesting context and opportunity for students to explore challenging ideas.