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Ingo (novel) – Wikipedia

The modern-day Dunmoe family live by the sea, both in the sense of proximity and by virtue of the fact that Mathew is a primarily a fisherman, tending lobsterpots and taking photographs to sell to tourists. And that just begins their journey to find him- whether it’s above ground or underwater.

That really didn’t work for me. The idea jngo going into Ingo can hurt, that it can call you and suck you up in it forever, that it can make you part of itself It’s that cliche you’ll find in the Disney store.

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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. The novels are aimed at Young Adults but if there is a little bit of you that imagines a helsn beneath the waves, populated by Mer men and women, whales that understand the deepest mysteries of the oceans, dolphins with intellect and spirit enough to play, and the mysteries and dangers that mark the crossing of childhood into adulthood, then the Ingo series will not fail you, no matter your age.


I don know if I want to read this book? Her father had gone missing, supposedly taken by the ocean.

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Ingo (Ingo, #1) by Helen Dunmore

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. One day Sapphy sees her brother at the cove in conversation with someone half in and half out of the water: You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints.

On the negative side, I found this book very slow, and only rarely dknmore Short-form review: I credit Helen Dunmore’s impressive writing style with the atmosphere of simultaneous longing and danger when it came to the world of Ingo a sort of alternate dimension of the sea.

The thing that irked me, however, was Sapphire’s evil thoughts – and that involved a murder plot against her soon-to-be stepfather. E I love mermaids, but I’m having some trouble finding a really good mermaid book. Hhelen, Stormswept is about two other twin sisters called Morveren and Jenna. Apr 15, Jen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I skimmed through the I hated this book.

The Ingo series by Helen Dunmore

A girl smacks another girl at school after she makes fun of her. A boy swears but all we see is: Calling you to Ingo.

It is is set in Leningrad during the first year of the siege of the city by German forces, which lasted for days from the fall of Mga on 30th August He’s actually kind of unbearable. It helenn spins its wheels” to where not enough happens. We follow the young Mer and humans on their dangerous journey across the world and we witness the battle between the old and the new.


It is just a nice book helenn read in one go.

We display the minimum age dunmkre which content is developmentally appropriate. Ingo is a delightful story full of beautiful and serene imagery as well as magic.

Sadly, it just didn’t work, although it’s really not a bad book.

Could her new friends lead to her father? Sapphy’s change of attitude towards Roger view spoiler [ I mean, she suddenly cares about him because he tried to convince her mom to get her a dog? Sapphire, frankly, drones on and on about her connection to the ocean, xunmore when her mother’s new boyfriend suggests Sapphire should have the dog she’s always wanted, Sapphire rethinks her loyalty to Ingo.

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: Her brother is gone for hours because of it.

Characters you secretly argue with? Adult Written by helem April 7, 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.