Children of the Quicksands
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Children of the Quicksands

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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 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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 198 x 21mm | 220g
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781913322366
  • 189,700

Rating details

183 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 45% (83)
4 38% (69)
3 16% (30)
2 1% (1)
1 0% (0)
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