Children of the Quicksands by Efua Traore (author)

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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 2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THEWATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2022

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

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

‘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

Product Details

Catalogue number

558 in EU Primary May 2024 and 2154 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781913322366

Publisher

Chicken House Ltd

Date published

June 3rd, 2021

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 7.0 points

Other details

  • 288 pages

Condition

New

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