Children of the Quicksands

Efua Traoré

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 …


World: Chicken House

North America: Scholastic

Audio: Oakhill

Brazil: Movement Educação

Canada: Scholastic

China: CCPPG

France: Michel Lafon

Germany: Edel

The Netherlands: Leopold

Nigeria: Othuke