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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.

To find out more about Efua, click here or tweet her @EfuaTraore

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 ...

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Chicken House
Audio Oakhill
North America Scholastic
Canada Scholastic
France Michel Lafon
The Netherlands Leopold