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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The Ingo series by Helen Dunmore

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. Continue reading Show less.

Ingo is described in such a way which makes it seem enchanting while still having it’s darkness within it, which I thought really gave Ingo a sense of danger for these children, which lead to me becoming anxious and excited! So instead, I was just irritated that the girl would so blatantly disregard her family and loved ones to fulfill her own selfish desire for the sea.

Parent of a 10 year old Written by TrifleTower May 6, There’s a bit of unreliable narrator going on here – not subtle stuff, really – but the ending of the book seems to come down on both sides simultaneously, so it’s not just that.

The writing is so descriptive you can also see the colours of the Ocean, feel the gently breeze blowing through your hair, smell the sea as if you are right there on the beach. Add your rating See all 9 kid reviews. As a reader, I could feel the power Ingo had over Sapphy, both parts exhilarating and dangerously all-consuming. If that sounds confusing, it’s because it is. Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.


They both recognize strengths and weaknesses in each other and readers will be drawn to their vulnerability and curiosity. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Paperbackpages. This site uses cookies. Conor is able to hear the seals song that they sing to the dying Mer, so he sings their song and makes them calm down. This was also my first researched novel, set in the First World War and dealing with the period when D H Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Zennor in Cornwall, and came under suspicion as German spies.

The problem is that Ingo also wants to be an adventure book about exciting fun times under the ocean, and you really can’t have those themes co-exist in one novel.

The pull of both is strong. Other books in the series. Ingo gets pretty well to ‘show’ – I can tell the siblings are grieving – but never moves on to ‘feel’. Auch die typischen Meerjungfrauen-Klischees werden gar nicht erst aufgerollt. Refresh and try again. Then when that night, as Roger is ingp on the couch, he wakes up screaming from a nightmare and tells Sapphires mother that he was being thrown by underwater bulls.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. There’s dreamy, and then there’s on another planet.

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When have you seen people use this rationale? Notify me of new comments via email. During the s and early s I taught poetry and creative writing, tutored residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and took part in the Poetry Society’s Writer in Schools scheme, as well as giving readings and workshops in schools, hospitals, prisons and every other kind of place where a poem could conceivably be welcome.


I got impatient with her. However, midway through the plot started to drag and feel repetitive. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Ingo Book Review

The plot was somewhat simple, but extremely well executed and satisfying. Learn how your comment data is processed. Full details of all these inngo are available on this website. You can’t touch him. Sapphire and Conor live in a small beachside house, a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Ingo novels are beautifully written by Helen Dunmore.

And that’s how brother and sister find Ingo, an ocean world with mermaids and mermen and dolphins and seals. Sep 05, Pinto rated it really liked it. Ingo is the name of the magical underwater world where the mermaids and mermen live. Jul 14, Stina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Everyone likes the wise, tough, erratic old woman, and that’s what Granny Carne is–enough said.

Sapphy and Conor are welcomed into Ingo because they each have a little Mer in them long story that goes into family lore about the disappearance of a previous Matthew Trewhellabut Sapphy seems to have even a little more than her brother. I know the writer’s maxim is ‘show, don’t tell’, but as a reader I’ve always felt that it stops one exhortation short: This book is by a british woman Just another piece of proof that they are the best writers and i I discovered this series by pure luck.

It’s very natural, and there’s a floating, dreamlike quality to much of the narration that really suits the subject.