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Publication Date: 3 Jun 2021
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary (Year 5, Year 6)
RRP £7.99 Save 26%
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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.
Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2019.
NOTE : There is spot-foiling on the front cover and spine.
A very enjoyable story. It's well written and exciting and gives a real taste of living in a remote African village. The juxtaposition between the new digital world and the old world is nicely done. There are plenty of surprises.