I wish I was away in Ingo Far across the briny sea, Sailing over deepest waters Where love nor care never trouble me. . . .
By the Cornwall coast where Sapphire lives with her family, it's easy to hear the call of the sea. Too easy.
When the sea called to Sapphy's father, he vanished from her life. When the sea called to her brother, he started disappearing for hours on end. And now the sea is calling to Sapphy, and she feels its pull more strongly than she's ever felt anything in her life.
In a novel full of longing, mystery, and magic, Helen Dunmore takes us to a new world that has the power both to captivate and to destroy. At the waterline, the two worlds of Air and Ingo meet. Sapphy and her brother, Conor, find themselves at the boundary between these worlds, in a place of danger and amazing discoveries.
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Helen Dunmore is a multi-award-winning novelist, short story writer and poet. She has written nine adult books, including A Spell of Winter, winner of the first Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996, and twenty-two children’s books, including The Tide Knot, the sequel to Ingo and the winner of the UK NestlÉ Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal. Helen Dunmore lives in Bristol, England, with her husband and children. Visit her online at helendunmore.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9–A family living on the coast of Cornwall gets caught up in the undersea kingdom of the Mer people. After their father mysteriously disappears, Sapphy and her brother, Conor, visit Ingo and find themselves yearning to return to the ocean world. Conor resists, but Sapphy has a stronger affinity with the watery kingdom. While she struggles with its temptation, she also clashes with her mother, who seems too ready to forget the children's father. These elements come together in an exciting climax in which the siblings risk traveling to Ingo to save the life of the human diver their mother is dating. Sapphy's present-tense narration brings readers right into her world. Through her eyes, they see the beauty of Ingo, the comfort of her earthbound home, and the confusing muddle of thoughts and emotions that her experiences inspire. The undersea world seems equal parts menacing and alluring, which builds suspense and keeps everything pleasingly unpredictable. Relationships are especially well drawn. Sapphy is dedicated to Conor, despite some jealousy; she loves her mother, though she's keenly aware of how different they are; and she is not sure how to feel about Faro, the charming, sometimes angry young Mer man who serves as her undersea guide. Strong character development combines with an engaging plot and magical elements to make this a fine choice for fantasy readers, who will look forward to the next installments in this planned trilogy.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060818530
Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060818530