The House of Shells


by Traore, Efua | Fiction & related items
Published 07/07/2022 by Chicken House Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 304 pages

ISBN: 9781913696719 Category:


From the critically acclaimed author of Children

of the Quicksands – shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s

Book Prize – comes a breathtaking magical adventure …

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 …

The second novel by Times/Chicken House Competition-winning

Efua Traore, author of critically acclaimed Children

of the Quicksands

A beautifully evoked middle-grade adventure set in the

author’s native Nigeria and drawing from rich Yoruba mythology

A story about the power of female friendship over fear

and superstition


‘A joy of a book: rich, warm, powerful storytelling’


‘A thrilling adventure bright with the gorgeous colours of

Nigeria – glorious!’ JASBINDER BILAN

‘[A] beautifully evoked story’ THE TELEGRAPH

‘Traore’s storytelling feels almost otherworldly … exhilarating’


Additional information

Weight 0.232 kg