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Ingo is full of adventure and mystery

A review by Tiffany Kennah


I wish I was away in Ingo Far across the briny sea, Sailing over deepest waters, Where love nor care never trouble me. . .


Ingo is not your average everyday mermaid story where the mermaid comes on land and falls in love. This story takes place on the Cornwall coast in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Sapphire (Saphy) and her family are part of this small town. Saphy’s dad is a fisherman and sings songs about Ingo- a mysterious place that puts a mysterious look in her father’s eyes. One day Saphy’s father disappears. Saphy and her brother Connor start to feel drawn to the ocean after their father’s disappearance. Eventually, Connor starts to disappear for longer spans of time and Saphy is determined to find out why. She follows him into the ocean and discovers the world of Ingo with the help of Faro, a Mer boy. Saphy discovers that her family has secrets (many of them revealed by Granny Carne) and ties to both the world of Air and Mer. Could her father still be alive?


Ingo by Helen Dunmore is part of a trilogy on Hoopla (Ingo, The Tide Knot, The Deep) in ebook version. The book is 336 pages. This fantasy book for young adults is filled with mystery, action and adventure with descriptions that get the reader lost in the world of Ingo. The story is told with present tense narration that helps immerse the reader in the story. I found the story easy to read. It was refreshing to find a book for teens that was more adventure and less love story and angst. This book is done in such a way that it could be a standalone, if one does not mind a few loose ends. I, however, chose to read the complete trilogy and enjoyed each book.


If you enjoy this book you may also enjoy these books: ​Forgive My Fins ​by Tera Lynn Childs; Tempest Rising ​by Tracy Deebs; ​The Mermaid's Mirror ​by L.K. Madigan; ​Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley; ​The Tail of Emily Windsnap ​by Liz Kessler. If you enjoy Helen Dunmore, you may enjoy these authors: Karen Hesse, Tove Jansson, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Tera Lynn Childs, Aprilynne Pike, and G. Bailey.

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