Title: The Black Flamingo
Author: Dean Atta
Style: Coming of Age, Poetry
“The Black Flamingo looks in the mirror of the salt lake’s surface and doesn’t understand why a shadow stares back at him. He doesn’t look like the other flamingos around him, he feels foreign to his own flock, within his own family.”
A lovely coming of age story written in verse. I am not usually a fan of poetry but this read well and I really enjoyed it. Michael is a gay biracial boy trying to figure out how he fits into this world. The story includes some pretty difficult topics like racism, homophobia, bullying and much more. Most importantly, it's about love and acceptance. I loved the characters and messages in this story.