Poet Dean Atta signs with Hachette Children's Books

Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) has acquired a “fiercely told and bold” YA story, written in verse, by spoken word poet Dean Atta.

Polly Lyall Grant, editor at Hodder Children’s Books, bought world language rights to The Black Flamingo from Becky Thomas at Johnson & Alcock, and will publish in hardback in August 2019. A paperback edition will follow in 2020.

The book is a coming-of-age, coming-out story of self-discovery, in which Atta “inspires readers to find confidence within”, according to HCG.         

The Black Flamingo is filled with stunning wordplay and powerful emotional honesty that will connect readers as much with their own stories as with the one on the page,” said Lyall Grant. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Dean to our list.”