Children of the Quicksands by Efua Traore




When Simi spends the summer with her grandmother, she learns of a new life and community beyond the Nigerian city of Lagos and is told about a forbidden lake where children are disappearing;   a story to keep youngsters away from the lake……..or is it??  Simi needs to discover the truth of this mystery as she appears to have become a part of it. Intrigue, ghostly spirits and themes of family and community intertwine in a wonderfully written tale full of Yoruba mythical legend. Set in a beautiful jungle environment , this fascinating story also includes its own glossary of new vocabulary you will come across as you read!


The main character is Simi, she is 13 and she lives in Nigeria, Lagos. She has been sent to stay with her grandmother in Ago for the Summer holiday. There Simi finds quicksand into a different world. The book is adventurous and good for age 10+. By: Leo (age 8). Rating: 4.25/5.

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