Children of the Quicksands New

by Efua Traore (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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In a remote Nigerian village, thirteen-year-old Simi is desperate to uncover a family secret … WINNER OF THE 2019 TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION

‘A joy of a book: rich, warm, powerful storytelling’ KATHERINERUNDELL

‘A thrilling adventure bright with the gorgeous colours of Nigeria – glorious!’ JASBINDERBILAN

‘A magical adventure in a beautiful setting’ SOPHIEANDERSON

‘[A] beautifully evoked story’ THE TELEGRAPH

City girl Simi is sent to stay with her long-lost grandmother in a remote Nigerian village. There’s no TV, internet or phone. Not a single human-made sound can be heard at night, just the noise of birds and animals rustling in the dark forest outside.

Her witchlike grandmother dispenses advice and herbal medicine to the village, but she’s tight lipped about their family history. Something must have happened, but what?

Determined to find out, Simi disobeys her grandmother and goes exploring. Caught in the sinking red quicksand of a forbidden lake, her fantastical journey begins …

A richly imagined magical fantasy adventure set in West Africa by a prize-winning new voice in children’s writing.

Introduces readers to Yoruba myths and legends whilst showcasing the wealth of culture, traditions, adventure, fun, joy, celebrations, music, pride and love found in Nigeria.

Beautifully explores themes of grief and belonging.

Efua is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018.

Product Details

Catalogue number

1058 in SCB Offer June 2021

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781913322366

Publisher

Chicken House Ltd

Date published

June 3rd, 2021

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  • 288 pages

Condition

New

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