Helen Dunmore captures the magical appeal of the Cornish coast in Ingo, says Philip Ardagh. Buy Ingo First Edition by Helen Dunmore (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. A whisper on the tide. Sapphire’s father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived. She misses him terribly.

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Granted that this stepfather was anything but charismatic, still, it bothered me to think that this young girl would talk to the sea creatures and ask them to make him “gone”. User Reviews Parents say Kids say.

Ingo Series by Helen Dunmore

Sapphire, like a real child, has to tell the reader every thought that goes through her head and every step she takes through the day, sometimes more ingl once.

They discover an underwater world called Ingo, where they meet Faro and Elvira, who are mer. They are humans and they can speak mer. I’ve never read a book that painted a picture as well as Ingo did. I feel like this book started out strong, and then kind of petered out later on. It’s not your typical mermaid story either- don’t be decepted from the cover or the short blurb written on the back.

When have you seen people use this rationale? They both recognize strengths and weaknesses in each other and readers will be drawn to their vulnerability and curiosity. Nov 07, Isabella rated it liked it.


Denjela I was unsure about reading this book as well, but after reading it I fell in love the book. Helen has executed this novel with perfectly with just the right amount of suspense dinmore mystery to keep you wanting more.

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Sapphire and Conor learnt how to be Mer people, they learnt how to talk with animals and learnt what their blood heritage can do. Oct 31, Olivia rated helwn it was amazing.

Conor is not far behind. You are commenting using your WordPress. He’s just an amazing character, almost more so than Sapphy herself. Please get it, even now I feel nostalgic and want to read it again. Her dad was mysteriously named after a local man who was believed to have drowned years ago and was captured by mermaids. Raised on the coast of Cornwall, they have an intimate connection to the sea and her mysteries. The idea that going into Ingo can hurt, that it can call you and suck you up in it forever, that it can make you part of itself Sapphire is called by the sea.

I credit Helen Dunmore’s impressive igno style with the atmosphere of simultaneous longing and danger when it came to the world of Ingo a sort of alternate dimension of the sea. So that ends well.

Sapphire and Conor live in a small beachside house, a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Atlantic Ocean. See all 8 questions about Ingo…. Add your rating See all 9 kid reviews. The novels are inngo at Young Adults but if there is a little bit of you that imagines a world beneath the waves, populated by Mer men and women, whales that understand the deepest mysteries of the oceans, dolphins with intellect and spirit enough to play, and the mysteries and dangers that mark the crossing of childhood into adulthood, then the Ingo series will not fail you, no matter your age.


Jan 25, April Izzard rated it it was amazing Shelves: She has, for reasons that are never fully made clear, totally bought into the idea that her father isn’t dead, he just left them without a trace.

I am really looking forward to the other books in the series. It was more than an OK book. At first Faro and Elvira do not help, but then realize how brave Sapphire and Conor are so they help them. I’ll do the good first.

I think the author needed to research marine wildlife more, because it was riddled with similar biological stupidities. Column 4 Our impact report: Great My son and i have both read all 3 of the ingo books.