Children of the Quicksands

(Author)
Available

Description

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' 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

Product Details

Price
£7.99  £7.43
Publisher
Chicken House Ltd
Publish Date
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781913322366

Earn By Promoting Books

Earn money by sharing your favourite books through our Affiliate programme.

Become an Affiliate
We use cookies and similar methods to recognize visitors and remember their preferences. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts. To learn more about these methods, including how to disable them view our Cookie Policy.