Happy Publication Day to The Jungle by Pooja Puri

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? 

We are wishing a very happy publication day to The Jungle, the debut novel from the super talented YA author Pooja Puri!

Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Jungle. Unable to buy his way out, Mico is alone, desperate, and running out of options.

But when Leila arrives at the camp one day, everything starts to change. Outspoken and fearless, she shows Mico that hope and friendship can grow in the most unusual places, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll show you the way out as well.

This extraordinary YA story is set in one of the most contentious places of our time – the refugee camp in Calais known as The Jungle. Through her characters Mico and Leila, Pooja takes us on a challenging and unforgettable journey through a world filled with ‘Ghost Men’, lost children and the hope for a better life.

The Jungle is the first title to be published by Ink Road, the exciting new YA imprint from Black and White publishing, and you can buy your very own copy here.

You can keep up to date with Pooja by following her on Twitter @PoojaPuriWrites, and you can read what she has to say about her writing in our recent Spotlight On interview!