- Title: Ingo
- Author: Helen Dunmore
- ISBN: 9780007204885
- Page: 252
- Format: Paperback
I wish I was away in Ingo, Far across the sea, Sailing over the deepest waters, Where love nor care can trouble meSapphire 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 I wish I was away in Ingo, Far across the sea, Sailing over the deepest waters, Where love nor care can trouble meSapphire 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 why she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet toward the sea But when her brother, Conor, starts disappearing for hours on end, Sapphy starts to believe she might not be the only one who hears the call of the ocean.
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
SUMMARYWhen 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This revolutionizes the entire idea of mermaids. Not fishy, scaked creatures, but sleek, half-seal hybrids. No, they do not comb thair hair while sitting on the rocks in the sun all day. Judging from Faro alone, they are a majestic people.And this has more depth than any mermaid story I have ever read. 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 itselfat is so much more mature than any other mermaid book I have read. Th [...]
Short-form review: Meh-maid story.Long-form: On the positive side, Dunmore does an excellent job of conveying some beautiful and poetic visions of undersea life while keeping Sapphire's breathless voice, a girl of about eleven/twelve, rather young for her age. Sapphire is convincingly imperfect - she's impulsive, tells fibs, misses her father and has a flawed but positive relationship with her older brother and with her mother.On the negative side, I found this book very slow, and only rarely gr [...]
This book the best way to describe it, I think, is that despite predating A Monster Calls, it wants to be AMC - a lyrical, mythical, semi-allegorical exploration of death and coping mechanisms. 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.It starts out as a story about Sapphire's strained family, culminating in her dad going for a late night jaunt in his boat and never returning. [...]
Ingo follows the life and secrets revolving around a girl named Sapphire and her love for the sea. Her father had gone missing, supposedly taken by the ocean. A year after his disappearance, her mother began dating a new man, which dismayed Sapphire and her brother.Her dad was mysteriously named after a local man who was believed to have drowned years ago and was captured by mermaids. The townfolks believed this same fate befell her dad. Against their mother's orders, she and her brother Connor [...]
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 (wowI'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. ANywaysThis book is by a british woman (Just another piece of proof that they are the best writers) and it is a [...]
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 [...]
Just don't read this. It's that cliche you'll find in the Disney store.
“The track runs by our cottage. You follow it to the end, and then there’s a path with bracken and brambles and foxgloves grow up so high that you wouldn’t find the way unless you knew it. Push them aside, and there’s the path. When I was little I used to pretend it was magic.”
“Ingo’s a place that has many names, ” says Granny Carne. “You can call it Mer, Mare, or Meor…Earth and Ingo don’t mix, even though we live side by side. Earth and Ingo aren’t always friends…”Despite Granny Carne’s words, in Helen Dunmore’s fantastic fantasy Earth and Ingo do mix–with consequences. Ingo is set partially above ground in modern day Cornwall and partially below the surface of the water in Ingo.Ingo features Sapphire Trewhella (also known as Saph or Sapphy). [...]
REVIEWI 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, Con [...]
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to my friends, despite the mermaids, and dolphins not to forget - who were awesome. The story just doesn't really make sense and then there are the many typos - which frustrated me a lot haha. However, I did add the other books from this series to my to-read list. Just in case I run out of books to read. It is just a nice book to read in one go. But nothing more.
I read this as a kid over and over. Such a delightful series!
It was a great book. Although the end was a bit sad. Other than that, the character had many great adventures.
Sapphire's dad dissapeared there. Her brother is gone for hours because of it. And now the sea is pulling her too; to the world of Ingo.
3.5 stars. I feel like this book started out strong, and then kind of petered out later on. I liked Sapphy's voice for the most part (although sometimes her thought processes and decisions irritated me – probably more a reflection of her young age than anything else), and I thought the way that she was losing herself to Ingo was unsettling and kind of creepy. Ingo itself was mysterious and a little unnerving, and the main character we meet from Ingo, Faro, was an interesting mix of helper ande [...]
It was more than an OK book. It was good though not enough to hook me. It felt like T. S. White style of writing with the young Arthur book 'Sword in the Stone'. Young Arthur a.k.a. Wart learn magic or wisdom by turning himself to various of animals and talking with them, observing their way of life, with Merlin's help of course. In this book, though not turning anyone into animals, the idea is similar. Sapphire and Conor learnt how to be Mer people, they learnt how to talk with animals and lear [...]
This book was pretty short, but it took me like 4 months to read it. Once in a while, I'd pick it up and read a chapter, but I wasn't compelled to keep reading or pick it up again. It's too bad, because I love mermaids, but this was just soooo sloooow. I did eventually finish it, but I don't think I'll be going on to the rest of the series.
It was so good . They are humans and they can speak mer. They have powers. they have to be careful with sharks and seals. her father disappear and they couldn't find the body so they had a pirate funeral.This book had 328 page.
this book is exactly what i needed, i was growing really tired of reading contemporary books and this was the best with different worlds and powers and magic and the ocean mAN
this book is AMAZINGGGGG Now I should read the rest of the series
Helen Dunmore's telling of the tale is enchanting. Like her heroine Sapphire, who is drawn to the ocean world by song, I felt as if I was being sung to; and it was as hard for me to return to "Air" when I put the book down as it is for Sapphire to return to land after she's visited the ocean world
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 [...]
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.Read on for more.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 impecc [...]
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 [...]
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