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Second publication for Efua Traoré

July 2022

The House of Shells is out today! Set in the Nigeria and drawing from rich Yoruba mythology, this is the second novel by Efua Traoré, the critically acclaimed author of Children of the Quicksands

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 ...

Waterstones Children's Prize shortlisting for Efua Traoré

February 2022

Children of the Quicksands, the debut novel by Efua Traoré, has been shortlisted for this year's Waterstones Children's Prize. The Prize is one of the most prestigious book awards in the calendar, with the shortlist decided by booksellers. The winner will be announced in a ceremony in March, with each category winner receiving  £2,000 and the overall Children's Book of the Year winner being awarded an additional £3,000.