Authors > Efua Traoré
Efua Traoré is a Nigerian-German author who grew up in a small town in Nigeria. For as long as she can remember, her head was bubbling with little stories, but it was not until much later that she began to write them down.
Apart from Nigeria, Efua has also lived in France and Germany and she writes in English and in German. If she had her way, she would travel much more and write every single day.
Efua won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa with her short story True Happiness which was then published in Granta. Her debut MG novel, a magical adventure story titled Children of the Quicksands, won the Times/Chicken House Prize and is available in the UK (June 2021) and coming to China, France and USA in 2022.
She lives in Munich with her husband and three daughters.
The House of Shells
Kuki refuses to believe in the curse of the Abiku. Her destiny is not to die young!
Her biggest problem right now is moving house and fitting in at her new school.
One evening while exploring, Kuki spies a driveway lined with giant palm trees. It leads to an abandoned beach house of shadows and scattered sea shells. And in the fading light, she meets a girl called Enilo. They become friends – the best of friends.
Until Kuki makes a terrifying discovery ...
Children of the Quicksands
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 ...