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Rated 5/5 from 6 ratings

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Product description

Once there was a man who fell in love with a mermaid. He swam down into the sea to be with her, and was never seen again… Sapphire’s father told her that story when she was little. When he’s lost at sea she can’t help but think of the old myth. Then, the following summer, Sapphy meets Faro – an enigmatic Mer boy. Diving down into Ingo, she discovers an intoxicating world of pure sea hidden beneath the crags of Cornwall’s Zennor coast. But Sapphy doesn’t just crave the wild world below the waves; she longs to see her father once more. And she’s sure she can hear him singing across the water: I wish I was away in Ingo, far across the briny sea…

  • A haunting, sea-drenched tale steeped in myth and legend
  • By Orange Prize winner Helen Dunmore, who died in 2017
  • Helen was one of the greatest writers of her generation
  • Her adult books included Birdcage Walk and The Siege

“Ingo has a haunting, dangerous beauty all of its own.” Philip Ardagh

“The electric thrill of swimming with dolphins, of racing along currents, and of leaving the world of reason and caution behind are described with glorious intensity.” Amanda Craig

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Date published

July 5th, 2012

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  • 336 pages


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  1. N U
    on 31 May 2018

    Interesting Use of Mermaids

    Normally, books with mermaids fall into a lot of tired tropes; something like Ariel or some use of the sirens of ancient mythology (which, by the way, were actually half-bird and not mermaids). It's nice to see something that's a bit refreshing in its use of this fantasy element, but it's even better to see a book where a sister-brother team are working together.

    It'd be nice to see the rest of the series available on the shop (or, at least, available in the region for Italy).

    4out of 5
  2. Azul
    on 11 February 2015

    Oh. My. God.

    This is one of my favourite books to read! I was so addicted and I couldn't put the book down!! Each chapter left me wanting more and more. Best. Book. Ever.

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. hawk12
    on 9 March 2014

    the best book in the series

  2. Athena14
    on 5 March 2014

    Beautiful, believeable. I have never looked at the sea the same way again!

  3. Hi-Isobelle
    on 16 December 2012

    I absolutely loved this book, because it is all about the sea and animals like dolphins and whales(whales are in the 2nd and 3rd book)

    5out of 5
  4. littleturtle262
    on 1 July 2012


    5out of 5
  5. lily2000
    on 8 June 2012

    i think this book is amazing if you have read the my story collection then youll love this book by hellen dunmore at the momment im reading lots of books one of them stormswept by hellen dunmore theres other books by hellen such as The tide knot ,The deep and if you like this auther then read books such as glubbslyme by jacqueline wilson

    5out of 5
  6. s1a2s3k4i5a6
    on 4 May 2012

    This book was very good and I have read all of the other Ingo books which I could not put down! The author has done well to start a whole new series with the same type of story but with different characters, but I think it is a bit too similar and maybe the author should’ve made it a bit differently.

    4out of 5