I wish I was away in IngoFar across the briny sea,Sailing over deepest watersWhere 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.
Dunmore's (The Siege, for adults) richly imagined fantasy, her first for young adults, posits tension between two parallel worlds: one undersea, the other along the rocky Cornwall coast. Sapphire, 11, and her older brother, Conor, have grown up in a close-knit family, loving the tidal cove below their cottage. Their father, Mathew, a fisherman and photographer, adores the sea; on the other hand, their mother has, in her words, "good reason to fear" it. When Dad disappears, and part of his boat is found, the family holds a memorial service and moves painfully through grief. Even a year after his disappearance, Sapphy and Conor refuse to believe their father is dead, while their mother begins to move on, befriending a visiting diver. Mer children Faro and Elvira begin to court the siblings, introducing them to such marvels as breathing underwater and swimming with dolphins. Ingo, the undersea world about which their father sang, beckons overpoweringly, and Sapphy, who is drawn back there repeatedly, begins to understand the Mer language. A wise beekeeper, whom some suspect is a witch, seems to know Mathew's fate. She subtly intercedes as Sapphy vacillates, "cleft" between her Mer and Air identities, and also suggests that Ingo is "breaking its bounds," intruding into the Air world. Dunmore makes both settings riveting, and captures Sapphy's lonely struggle through the heroine's first-person narrative. Dualities\x97skepticism and belief, collective memory and individual perception, the pull of Mer life versus Sapphy's family love\x97persist to the tale's end and beyond. Ages 10-up.
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Such a beautiful book
I was reading this two years ago when I was a more slower reader. Now I'm much better and I'm able to enjoy this wonderful book!
I feel as if I'm actually 'away in Ingo'. I would go right now if I had the chance! I Sapphire, her Dad, Conor and Faro! I feel as if I'm there and I know them.
Thank you for writing such a gorgeous book Ms. Dunmore!
Best Book In The World😃👸
I love this book so much that I'm reading it again! It's a really good price too! $3.99 for 336 pages! Greatest deal in the world. For this book you don't have to like mermaids to read this book. I love mermaids. Best book in the world! I highly recommend this book for anyone😃😊✨
This is an awesome book! You should read this and the followups: The Tide Knot and The Deep. I wish I really was away in Ingo....