In a remote Nigerian village, twelve-year-old Simi is desperate to uncover a family secret. But it’s when she’s caught in the red quicksand of a forbidden lake that her adventure truly begins. Can she bring her family back together and restore peace to the village? Efua Traoré won the 2019 Times/Children House Fiction Competition with this richly imagined magical realist adventure exploring themes of grief and belonging.


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Children of the Quicksands


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