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Ingo (Ingo #1)

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I wish I was away in Ingo, Far across the sea, Sailing over the deepest waters, Where love nor care can trouble me...

Sapphire's father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived. She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo. Perhaps that is...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Harper Collins Children's Books (first published September 5th 2005)
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EMi
Ingo is a delightful story full of beautifully serene imagery and magic. It’s a children’s book, yes, but it captured my attention and I’m very glad to have come across it.

It’s about an eleven-year-old girl and her older brother who lose their father one day when he takes out his boat and disappears. The children are the only two people in town (with the exception of Granny Carne) who believe that he is still alive. They discover an underwater world called Ingo, where they meet Faro and Elvira,...more
Sesana
I love mermaids, but I'm having some trouble finding a really good mermaid book. This one was especially disappointing since a friend and fellow mermaid fan recommended it to me. Sadly, it just didn't work, although it's really not a bad book.

I'll do the good first. The basic plotline itself was interesting, and could have been really engaging. The short version: Sapphire and Conor's father disappears. (The book is written in Saph's POV) They are convinced that he's still alive, just vanished. E...more
Barbara Gordon
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Aerin
Sep 29, 2008 Aerin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: the Little Mermaid (the faery tale, not the Disney movie), the Tale of Emily WIndsnap
Shelves: middle-grade, 2008
SUMMARY
When Sapphire's father disappears, most people say he's been drowned, although the more vicious of the townspeople say he ran off with another woman. But neither Sapphy or her brother Conor believe either story. Raised on the coast of Cornwall, they have an intimate connection to the sea and her mysteries. Neither of them realizes quite how intimate. When Sapphire feels an irresistible call to the ocean, she must choose where her loyalties lie - to her Air family and the brother whom she...more
Jen
Apr 16, 2008 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: pre-teens who don't usually like fantasy
Shelves: ya-fiction
This book didn't feel like fantasy: it felt more like your typical girl-dealing-with-loss-of-a-parent story, only with a mermaid or two thrown in. I realized that the loss-of-parent thing is very relevant today, what with divorce rates being what they are, but the formula gets irritatingly predictable. Here it is in a nutshell: 1)parent dies or leaves 2) remaining parent starts dating someone new 3) child hates the "replacement" parent 4) over time, child starts to accept both the loss of the fi...more
Lindsay
I've never read a book that painted a picture as well as Ingo did. I read it several years ago, but Cornwall, England has stuck in my mind ever since. The story centers on the life of twelve-year old Sapphire and her older brother, Conor, and how they find an underwater world in their town's cove. The book was part of a four-story series, but it was definitely the strongest novel of the bunch. I'd reccomend it to anyone who knows how to read.

Sapphire and Conor live in a small beachside house, a...more
Liddy
First of all just look at this cover! Is this not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen!?
Ingo was a brilliant novel, being the first mermaid fictional novel I have actually ever read! (I know I know.) It was a really refreshing read after much darker novels that seem to sworm the YA department these days. The charecters that Helen Dunmore has created are totally believable, and are bursting with personality.

Written in first person was also a nice touch, as we really got to delve deeper int...more
Holly
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Sariah the Authoress
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REVIEW

I love reading mermaid books. There are not very many of them, so I cherish the few that I can get my hands (and eyes) on. Ingo is no exception.

Ingo is the name of the magical underwater world where the mermaids (and mermen) live. You don’t see much of it in the book, but the descriptions that are in there, are amazing. I am betting there is more detail about this amazing world in the next book.

This book is told from Sapphire’s point of view. She is spunky and loyal to her brother, Conor....more
STORMAGEDDON
I discovered this series by pure luck. I found the second book on one of the tables in the YA section of chapters. It was all colourful and shiny so I picked it up (wow...I'm such a bird). I Bought the book that day not realizing it was the second book. So I went back and got the first one, which was rather difficult because as it turns out-the series is suppose to be in the 9-12 section. ANyways...This book is by a british woman (Just another piece of proof that they are the best writers) and i...more
Kaleigh Hvizdos
I hated this book. As soon as I was finished reading it, I sent it to my library's used book store.
The main characters were frustrating right down to Saphire's name, and by the time the merpeople were finally revealed, it was too little too late for my taste. I also think this falls victim to series cliches of not exposing enough of the "mysteries" to keep me satisfied with the intent of saving it for later books. It definitely
spins its wheels" to where not enough happens. I skimmed through the...more
Zoe Smith
Feb 18, 2012 Zoe Smith rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Mermaid Lovers, YA, Children,
Recommended to Zoe by: Nobody
"Everything is wet and shining with mist. The rocks hidden, the sea bidden. Everything slippery and dangerous... the sea pulling me like a magnet."
Swimming, surfing, exploring - Sapphire and her brother Conor enjoy life by the sea in Cornwall. But why does Conor start disappearing for hours on end? And who is the mysterious girl talking to him on the rocks?
Following Conor down to the cove one day, Sapphire discovers Ingo - an exciting and dangerous world beneath the waves, where all you breathe...more
Caitriona
I'd love to say I loved this book. I'd love to say it was every bit as magical and wonderful as I'd hoped. But, alas, I can't.
I'd love to find a decent mermaid book, and hoped I'd find it in 'Ingo' - but it was too flawed. I'll soften the blow with good news first - I did like the whole Jacqueline Wilson-esque 'missing Dad, horrible stepdad' plotline. You really got the idea just how much Sapphy knew in her heart that her Dad was alive, and her annoyance that nobody else seemed to think so.
But....more
BookwormJayde
Ingo is a great book that I have just recently finished. The story begins with the midsummer festival. Sapphy's father is then lost at sea. However, Sapphy and her brother Conor feel as if their father is still alive. A year passes, and it is summer vacation. Sapphy and her brother spend every day at their cove. Conor starts to go missing- away for large periods of time. One day Sapphy goes find him, and is surprised to know that Conor feels as if he's only been gone for a short time. When Conor...more
Hayley
Pretty much perfect. This is the right way to tell a mermaid tale. I have basically nothing to complain about, which, if you have read any of my other reviews, is a rarity.

Ingo if full of likable and realistically flawed characters. Sapphy is a plucky, smart young girl with a temper. Her close relationship with her older brother, Conor, is sweet, as is her devotion to her missing father. The strained relationship with her mother is very well done and realistic without being totally hostile-- the...more
Rosie Monson
I read it when I was little. It was amazing. I don't think it was because of the writing though it was different and good. It was probably the first book I read that was written in the present tense instead of the past tense. Ex: instead of 'I climbed the wall' it's 'I climb the wall'. Anyway, I think it was because of the story itself and the imagination that seemed to ooze out of it and into my mind. it was so creative. and so real. How I know a book is a good one, is when it makes me believe...more
Lucy
Ingo is a tale of magic and adventure in which the sea itself is at odds with the land and our narrator feels herself torn between two worlds.

Dunmore's narrator, Sapphy, lives with her family on the clifftops of Cornwall, just a few minutes' walk from the sea. Sapphy loves Cornwall, but after her father's disappearance she finds herself drawn away from the land and into the depths of the sea, into Ingo. Dunmore writes two beautifully atmospheric settings - Cornwall and the magical fantasy world...more
April Izzard
I highly recommend this book, for younger children. I have written a review which doesn't give away any details about the book that would ruin it. Instead I celebrate it; for being such a special book to me.

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I remember reading this when I was much younger, about 11 or 12 years old. It has been a memorable book that I won't ever forget. The fantasy that surrounds being a mermaid, something I (and i am sure many other young children) have always wished I could, was described impec...more
Crystal
What an enchanting book! Not since the Harry Potter series have I read a young adult urban fantasy book that blends the line between the fantasy and "real" world so smoothly. Perhaps it's because Ingo is real too?
I felt like each of the characters was skillfully drawn, with a sharp understanding of who they were, but with room to grow. I could relate to both Sapphy and Conor. Their dad, for as long as he was around, was a nice guy, and their mom is a nice enough person with a lot of responsibili...more
Sian
Jun 20, 2008 Sian rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Helen Dunmore fans
Recommended to Sian by: no one
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Rosemary
Sapphire and her older brother Conor live on the coast of Cornwall. Following Conor down to the sea one day, Sapphire discovers the enchanting and dangerous underwater world of Ingo.

This is a lovely story for older children and the only thing I didn't like was that there was a certain major issue unresolved at the end. It's the first book in a series, sure, but this seemed unnecessary. The characters and the world are interesting enough to draw you on to read the next book without leaving the pl...more
Marie Clare
Ingo follows the life and secrets revolving around a girl named Sapphire and her love for the sea. Her dad is mysteriously named after the man who was believed to have drowned and captured by mermaids. This same fate befell her dad. Her brother Connor also went missing for a certain period of time and eventually, the two of them got pulled by the water and discovered a world beyond the beach. A place called Ingo, powerful and mysterious. There, they met a couple of mermaids and realized that the...more
Larajoline
Somehow I couldn't warm up to the story like I had hoped to. Quite a few times it actually dragged on and I was quite bored, skipping over parts of it.

My biggest problem lies with the age of the characters - Saphire and Connor are about 12 and 13 but their language and the way they act is completely unbelievable for someone that age. It actually took quite a while for the true age to be revealed and when it happened I was truly astonished. Character age and behaviour did not match at all.

Other...more
Tian Lin
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Sairawalia walia
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.

i loved the book. it was amazing!
Lisa
Apr 23, 2011 Lisa rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Lisa by: My friends
A truly tiresome book. 80% of the book are descriptions, some of which are extremely unessesary. I felt cheated when I finished the book because hardly anything happened and it just ended and I had to read the next book to find out what happens next. I don't reccommend it.
RumpelstiltskinFan#1
i loved this book alot more then i thought i was going to
Jules Goud
Welcome to Ingo.

Sapphire's dad disappeared over a year a go and now, Conor is gone for hours on end. That is when Sappy discovers Ingo, the magical place that makes her forget everything about her life on Earth.

Sappy's had a rough year. With everything with her dad and now her mom has found someone else, her life is falling apart before her eyes. In Ingo, it is easier to forget everything. Sappy lives forgetting everything that's happened and honestly, it is easier. So she withdraws from her fam...more
Aisling O'
Ingo is so cleverly written mixing the old legends with the concept,njoy! that wheres there smoke theres fire. A must read book that will have questioning what you know!!The Ingo series is one of my favourites! Enjoy!
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I was born in December 1952, in Yorkshire, the second of four children. My father was the eldest of twelve, and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life, as have my own children. In a large family you hear a great many stories. You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints...more
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