In a remote Nigerian village, twelve-year-old Simi is desperate to uncover a family secret... 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 ... A richly imagined magical fantasy adventure set in West Africa by a prize-winning new voice in children's writing. Introduces readers to Yoruba myths and legends whilst showcasing the wealth of culture, traditions, adventure, fun, joy, celebrations, music, pride and love found in Nigeria. Beautifully explores themes of grief and belonging.
I’m a Nigerian-German author and I grew up in a small town in Nigeria. For as long as I can remember, my head was always buzzing with little stories, but it was not until much later that I began to write them down. My writing is inspired by a sometimes overpowering sense of adventure, my fascination with myths, legends and superstitions and bouts of sudden nostalgia for the far-away place I grew up. My debut novel, a magical adventure story titled Children of the Quicksands won the Times/Chicken House Prize.