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Ingo by Helen Dunmore
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2005

Ingo is a graphic account of an idyllic life growing up beside the sea and also of a dangerous and exciting undersea world of adventure for two young siblings.

Sapphire and her brother Conor’s life in Cornwall is perfect; they are free to explore the beautiful cove near their cottage where they swim and play together – it is their own special place. One night their dad, an experienced seaman goes out in his boat and never returns. Their mother struggles to carry on, presuming him dead but the children refuse to accept his disappearance and refuse to give up hope.

Why does Conor keep disappearing for hours on end? And who is the mysterious girl with long hair, talking to him on the rocks? Following him down to the cove one day, Sapphy discovers a mysterious world she never knew existed but of which she has learnt something about from stories her father told her as a young girl.

Bit by bit both children are drawn into the under-water world of Ingo and the Mer people.

Suitable for children aged 10 and over, this is a spellbinding, captivating mystery.

Ingo is the first novel in a trilogy for children by Helen Dunmore, the first winner of the Orange Prize for fiction.
Look out for the sequel in September 2006.

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