Children of the Quicksands-9781913322366

Children of the Quicksands

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by Traore, Efua | Health & personal development
Published 03/06/2021 by Chicken House Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 288 pages


In a remote Nigerian village, thirteen-year-old Simi

is desperate to uncover a family secret ...

WINNER OF THE TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN'S

FICTION COMPETITION 2019SHORTLISTED FOR THE

WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2022

'A joy of a book:

rich, warm, powerful storytelling' KATHERINE

RUNDELL

'A thrilling adventure

bright with the gorgeous colours of Nigeria - glorious!' JASBINDER

BILAN

'An excellent book ... rich in tradition and realism.'

HANNAH GOLD, AUTHOR OF THE LAST BEAR

'[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.

More praise for Children of the Quicksands:

'Gorgeous ... an enthralling story' ABI ELPHINSTONE

'[A] terrific debut novel' YABA BADOE

'Traore's storytelling feels almost otherworldly

... exhilarating' THE TIMES

'A stunning debut' THE SCOTSMAN

'Full of secrets and myths' THE OBSERVER