There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers? Setting out in search of a better life, Mico has left his family and home, and finds himself navigating one of the world's most inhospitable environments—the Jungle. For Mico, just one of many "unaccompanied children," the Calais refugee camp has a brutality all of its own. He is unable to buy his way out from the "Ghost Men"—the dangerous men with magic who can cross borders unnoticed. Alone and desperate, the idea of jumping onto a speeding train to the UK begins to feel worryingly appealing. But when Leila arrives at the camp, everything starts to change. Outspoken and fearless, she shows Mico that hope and friendship can grow in the most unusual places.
About the Author
Pooja Puri has worked in publishing and education.
"I loved The Jungle because it handles a very difficult subject with real depth and intelligence. It manages to bring to life the very difficult situation for kids like Nico and Leila without being heavy handed, or making the book too depressing. It also has some brilliant characters and great relationships." —Bookriot, Our Favourite British Reads of the Year
"I didn’t expect to be enthralled by this story. There aren’t a lot of authors who can take the difficult subject matter of the Calais refugee camp and spin it into a heartfelt story about friendship and endurance. Yet, Pooja Puri does exactly that and more, creating compelling characters and relationships that have stayed with me long after I had finished the book." —Bookriot, Best Books We Read in October
“impressive, appalling, and entertaining…It is the perfect introduction to a heavy topic.” —Foreword Reviews