One Chance Dance


by Traore, Efua | Nigeria
Published 06/07/2023 by Chicken House Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 336 pages

ISBN: 9781915026507 Category:


A heartwarming, exciting story of friendship, wonder

and dance from Waterstones Prize-shortlisted author Efua Traore!

Jomi’s mum left when he was little to make a new life for

them in Lagos, the city of dreams. When Jomi doesn’t hear

from her, he decides to follow. His only starting place is a TV

dance competition that his mum used to love.

Things go badly for the boy and his pet bushbaby, until he meets

a crew of street kids. Together, they come up with a one-chance

idea to find Jomi’s mother – and make their own dreams

come true.

A brand new novel full of joy and wonder by the author

of Children of the Quicksands, shortlisted for the

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

A contemporary adventure of destiny, friendship and dance

set in the vibrant city of Lagos, Nigeria

Jomi hopes to find his missing mum by dancing on a TV

talent show in a story which offers emotional pull and a lot of




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

‘A thrilling adventure bright with the gorgeous colours

of Nigeria – glorious!’ JASBINDER


‘An excellent book … rich in tradition and realism.’ HANNAH GOLD

‘[A] beautifully evoked story’ THE TELEGRAPH

Additional information

Weight 0.244 kg