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Ingo

(2005)
(The first book in the Ingo Chronicles series)
A novel by

 
Helen Dunmore, author of Zillah and Me and The Silver Bead, begins a trilogy for children with a novel that describes both an idyllic life, growing up beside the sea, and an undersea world of wonder and amazement with equal aplomb. It's not easy to imagine life under the waves, living and breathing amongst an ancient people without resorting to stereotypes. But Dunmore's original description throughout this book is one of its best qualities.

Set in Cornwall, Ingo is the story of Sapphire and her brother Conor, and what happens to them after their father mysteriously disappears at sea. Sapphire still thinks her father is alive. Somewhere. She remembers stories he used to tell her about a Mer creature who fell in love with a human, but could not come to live with him in the dry air.

The following summer, both Conor and Sapphire are inexorably drawn to the water, despite the worries of their mother. They love the water so much, and spend hours in the nearby cove. When Sapphire follows Conor one day, after he has been gone a long time, she meets Faro--a Merman who introduces her to Ingo, an underwater world she could only have dreamed existed. And Ingo blood runs deep through her veins and it is not long before the call of that other world becomes too strong to resist.

Dunmore is an accomplished writer for adults, she was the first winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, but her books for younger readers, despite having all the same qualities and powerful storytelling talent, have not been as critically or commercially successful. Ingo, however, is sure to change that perception. It is a beautiful novel, both enchanting and exciting, that appeals to readers on many levels. It is seductively easy to read and stays in the memory for a long time.

(Age 10 and over) --John McLay

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Used availability for Helen Dunmore's Ingo


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Hardback Editions

August 2006 : USA Library Binding
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-06-081853-0 / 978-0-06-081853-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-200618-9 / 978-0-00-200618-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
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September 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-720487-6 / 978-0-00-720487-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Ingo (The Ingo Chronicles, Book 1)
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-746410-X / 978-0-00-746410-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2008 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 1-55468-246-0 / 978-1-55468-246-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

January 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-06-081854-9 / 978-0-06-081854-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-720488-4 / 978-0-00-720488-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-637893-5 / 978-0-00-637893-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Trophy Canada
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-638573-7 / 978-0-00-638573-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Trophy
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

August 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-06-081852-2 / 978-0-06-081852-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-721317-4 / 978-0-00-721317-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon   

May 2015 : UK Audio edition
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: Ingo (Unabridged)
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 1-4056-5552-6 / 978-1-4056-5552-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.
Availability: Amazon   

May 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 0-00-721335-2 / 978-0-00-721335-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon CA   

January 2009 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Ingo
Author(s): Helen Dunmore
Publisher: HarperTeen
Availability: Amazon   



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