Ingo (Ingo Series #1)

Ingo (Ingo Series #1)

by Helen Dunmore


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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, 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060818548
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2008
Series: Ingo Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 430,578
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 13 - 14 Years

About the Author

HELEN DUNMORE is a novelist, short story writer and poet. She has written twenty-two children’s books, including Brother Brother, Sister Sister; The Lilac Tree; The Seal Cove; and the bestselling Ingo series. She has written nine adult books including A Spell of Winter, which won the 1996 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her poetry collections have won the Poetry Society’s Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the Signal Poetry Award. Helen Dunmore was born in Yorkshire, England, and now lives in Bristol with her husband and children.

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By Helen Dunmore

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Helen Dunmore
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060818522

Chapter one

You'll find the mermaid of Zennor inside Zennor Church, if you know where to look. She's carved from old, hard, dark wood. The church is dark too, so you have to bend down to see her clearly. You can trace the shape of her tail with your finger.

Someone slashed across her with a knife a long time ago. A sharp, angry knife. I touched the slash mark very gently, so I wouldn't hurt the mermaid any more.

"Why did they do that to her, Dad? Why did they hurt her?"

"I don't know, Sapphy. People do cruel things sometimes, when they're angry."

And then Dad told me the mermaid's story. I was only little, but I remember every word.

"The Zennor mermaid fell in love with a human," said Dad, "but she was a Mer creature and so she couldn't come to live with him up in the dry air. It would have killed her. But she couldn't forget him, and she couldn't live without him. She couldn't even sleep for thinking about him. All she wanted was to be with him."

"Would she have died in the air?" I asked.

"Yes. Mer people can't live away from the water. Anyway, the man couldn't forget her either. The sight of the mermaid burned in his mind, day and night. And the mermaid felt just the same. When the tide was high, she would swim up into the cove, then up the stream, as close as she could to the church, to hear him singing in the choir."

"I thoughtit was mermaids that sang, Dad."

"In this story it was the man who sang. In the end the mermaid swam up the stream one last time, and he couldn't bear to see her go. He swam away with her, and he was never seen again. He became one of the Mer people."

"What was his name, Dad?"

"Mathew Trewhella," said Dad, looking down at me.

"But Dad, that's your name! How come he's got the same name as you?"

"It's just by chance, Sapphy. It all happened hundreds of years ago. You know how the same names keep on going in Cornwall."

"What was the mermaid called, Dad?"

"She was called Morveren. People said she was the Mer king's daughter, but I don't believe that's true."

"Why not?"

"Because the Mer don't have kings."

Dad sounded so sure about this that I didn't ask him how he knew. When you're little, you think your mum and dad know everything. I wasn't surprised that Dad knew so much about the Mer.

I stroked the wooden mermaid again, and wished I could see her in real life, swimming up the stream with her beautiful shining tail. And then another thought hit me.

"But Dad, what about all the people the man left behind? What about his family?"

"He never saw them again," said Dad.

"Not even his mum or his dad?"

"No. None of them. He belonged to the Mer."

I tried to imagine what it would be like never to see Dad again, or Mum. The thought was enough to make my heart beat fast with terror. I couldn't live without them, I knew I couldn't.

I looked up at Dad. His face looked faraway and a bit unhappy. I didn't like it. I wanted to bring him back to me, now.

"Can't catch me!" I shouted, and I ran off, clattering up the stone aisle of the church to the door. The door was heavy and the fastening was stiff, but I wrestled it open.

"You can't catch me!" I yelled back over my shoulder, and I ran out through the porch, down the stone steps, and into the sunshine of the lane. I heard the church door bang, and there was Dad, leaping down the steps after me. The faraway look had gone from his face.

"Look out, Sapphy, I'm coming to get you!"

That was a long time ago. Dad never talked about the Mer again, and nor did I. But the story lodged deep inside my mind like an underwater rock that can tear a ship open in bad weather. I wished I'd never seen the Zennor mermaid. She was beautiful, but she scared me.

It's Midsummer Eve now, and when it gets dark, they'll light the Midsummer Fire on Carrack Down. We go up there every Midsummer Eve. I love it when they throw the wreath of flowers into the flames, and the wreath flares up so that for a few seconds you watch flowers made out of fire. The bonfire blazes, and everyone drinks and dances and laughs and talks. Midsummer Night is so short that dawn arrives before the party's over.

Dad's up there now, helping build the fire. They pile furze and brushwood until the bonfire stands taller than me or Conor. Conor's my brother; he's two years older than me.

"Come on, Saph! I'm going on up to see how big the bonfire is now."

I run after Conor. This is how it usually is. Conor ahead, and me hurrying behind, trying to keep up with him.

"Wait for me, Con!"

We wait for the sun to set and for the crowd to gather, and then it's time to light the Midsummer Fire. The first star shines out. Geoff Treyarnon thrusts his flaming torch into the dry heart of the bonfire. The fire blazes up, and everyone links hands and begins to dance around it, faster and faster. The flames leap higher than the people, and we have to jump back.

Conor and I join the ring around the fire. Mum and Dad dance too, holding hands. It makes me so happy to see them like this, dancing and smiling at each other. If only it was always like this. No quarrels, no loud voices . . .

The flames jump higher and higher, and everyone yells and laughs. Conor drinks a bottle of ginger ale . . .


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Ingo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Sharon Sicard More than 1 year ago
I love the characters, especially Faro. Hes my favorite. I wish whats in this book was real. That would be the best thing in the world. I love how its not ur typical mermaid book. It shows that not ever mermaid is the same.
Danielle Rubiano More than 1 year ago
My cousin gave me Ingo. Since I got it, I have fell in LOVE with it. If you dont read, or buy this book... your missing out big time. If I could rate this book (which I can) I would rate this infinity! Its mysterious, adventurious and many more good things. I still have the book, Ingo, to this day. And I still enjoy it. I have read all the books of the Ingo series. Remember, if you dont buy this book, your missing out. Buy it, and youll agree with me soon enough. Read the first 100 or 50 pages before you decide. GIVE INGO A CHANCE! YOULL NEVER STOP READING THIS AS SOON AS YOU PICK IT UP!!!!!
zoebean More than 1 year ago
This is a very detailed adventure, I can imagine myself with Sapphy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ingo is my fav book. And person that is talkin about the kraken. That is not ingo that is the series emily windsnap I<3 this book Ps im ten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The detail in this book is amaizing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Ngoc Hoang More than 1 year ago
You will not be able to put this book it is so amazing! I read it in one day and i re-read it like eight times!
cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
i fell in love with Ingo the moment i picked it up. the storyline is absolutely beautiful, and almost indescribable. Helen Dunmore is a terrific writer and really pulls you in, making you feel like you are right next to Sappy in the world of Ingo. I wish that more people knew about this book because it really is amazing. i highly recommend it to anyone that always wished to live beneath the surface of an underwater world...
Megan Bacani More than 1 year ago
It is a really instresting story
Rylee Feldten More than 1 year ago
i loved this book at first i was like man this i going to be a boring book but one i started it i loved and P.S the end is a tear jerker
Athena4Books More than 1 year ago
As soon as i picked up this book i knew that it would cause me to miss hours of sleep, and it did not disapoint. A stuning tale of friendship from the sea and enchantment, it truly made me believe in Ingo.
Ashleigh Litcofsky More than 1 year ago
the enchanting tale of a girl who tries to retrieve her lost father and finds out that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dive into never ending twists and turns of Ingo, it won't ever let you stop for a break. The more you read the more your trapped in the story's waves swimming through the rough currents with the characters, and your changing thoughts. But its worth it. Rereading every line over and over again to make sure you think your reading what its saying, and not just making it up in your own mind makes this story good; a book that says the things that you would never imagine yourself reading. Thats Ingo.
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Awesome. Highly recomended to ppl who loves merpeople. Aka mermaids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im love with these books
LemurOwl More than 1 year ago
I really love this series, the emotion and adventure tied to the sea in this book makes me see the underwater world in a new light ^_^
wildponygirl More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked the book. The characters, Sapphire and Conor, where ok and I definately got into the story. I also liked how Helen Dunmore made the mermaids or 'Ingo habitants' seem not so human-like like other stories I've read.
Inguanti More than 1 year ago
The story is thrilling because there is a lot of adventure and you wonder if the story is really true. It is a great book for summer
Kaylah More than 1 year ago
Sapphire is an 11 year old girl who's father goes missing! She, her brother Conor and their 'widowed' mom are living just a few acres from the world of Ingo (the ocean). Sapphire and Conor think that the Mer have something to do with their father's dissapearence! So they go through Ingo's boundries to try to solve the mystery!
Ocean-Gal More than 1 year ago
The first thing that caught my attention was the cover. All the pretty colors, and the mermaid. I knew right then that I was going to love it. (The whole 'Don't judge a book by it's cover', I don't listen to it) Anyways, I checked it out of the library Friday, and began and finished the book Saturday morning! It was way to good to put down. The characters and the story line sucked me in. After I returned it to the library, I was so sad that I didn't own it. So I went out and bought it. 'I wish I was away in Ingo, far across the briny sea, sailing over deepest waters, where love nor care nover troubled me.' The entire story wouldn't leave my mind for months! INGO is a must read!
Beebee4eva More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest book ever!!!! Its very addicting, and absorbing!! I have a hard time keeping my nose in books, but with this i was turning pages all day and night!! If u want a great, adventurous, and fun book read this!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is absolutley incredible with all its detail and feeling. i loved it and could not stand it when the first book ended. it was a sad book at parts and somehow mysterious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I must say, this is a very descriptive and beautifully written book! I could just feel the emotions that the characters were feeling, and I could feel what Ingo is like... it is also a very unique book as well. The plot is very different and creative. If you like mermaids, like I do, then this would probably be a good book for you, but I must warn you, the ending is a cliffhanger, which I HATE!!! That's why I rated this book a 3. Otherwise, it probably would have been a 5. Anyway, the ending basically ruins the story, but the most part, the rest of the book is good. ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and have read all of them of this series that are out. Helen Dunmore can create unimaginable scenes that can just take your breath away! VERY DISCRIPTIVE and very very exciting! BY FAR, the best mermaid or sea thrilled books I've ever read, which is a lot. I even have asked my cousins to send me a copy from Europe for the 3rd book, The Deep