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The Crossing of Ingo by Helen Dunmore
  

The Crossing of Ingo

Helen Dunmore

Part of the The Ingo Chronicles Series
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The final part of the Ingo quartet. Full of power, passion and politics, The Crossing of Ingo is a thrilling conclusion to the richly imagined and lyrical Ingo quartet. The Crossing of Ingo is the biggest challenge all the young Mers living under the sea have to make. When Sapphire and her brother Conor, Air dwellers with special links to the Mer people, hear the call they know that they too must take up this epic challenge in order to protect the future of both the Air and Ingo people. But power hungry Ervys is snapping at his chance of leadership. Teaming up with the sharks, he is determined to stop Sapphire and Conor. Can they?

To read the series in order start with Ingo then The Tide Knot (which won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal) then The Deep and end with The Crossing of Ingo.

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Synopsis

The Crossing of Ingo by Helen Dunmore

The breathtaking conclusion to the critically-acclaimed Ingo series, by prize-winning novelist Helen Dunmore. Sapphire, Conor and their Mer friends Faro and Elvira are ready to make the Crossing of Ingo -- a long and dangerous journey that only the strongest young Mer are called upon to make. No human being has ever attempted this thrilling voyage to the bottom of the world.

Ervys, his followers and new recruits, the sharks, are determined that Sapphire and Conor must be stopped -- dead or alive!

Reviews

Praise for Ingo:

"Ingo has a haunting, dangerous beauty all of its own." Philip Ardagh, Guardian

"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, The Times

"Compellingly lyrical." Independent

"Helen Dunmore may have a few drowned readers on her conscience, so enticing and believable is the underwater world she creates in Ingo." Telegraph

"Helen Dunmore is an exceptional and versatile writer and she writes with a restrained, sensual grace." Observer

"A remarkable fantasy! It's a haunting, beautifully written book which creates a totally believable parallel world." Northern Echo

"Ingo is an intoxicating adventure! Wonderful, evocative storytelling." Publishing News

Praise for The Tide Knot:

"Intensely compelling! gorgeous." Amanda Craig, The Times

"Dunmore's graceful style is what makes the unbelievable believable!" The Independent on Sunday

"Like the ocean itself, this book is deep and strange and marvellous." Nial MacMonagle, The Irish Times

"This is a wonderful fantasy story!" Jan Winter,

Praise for The Deep:

"Dunmore's writing, steeped in maritime legends, is exquisite. The descriptions of plunging 'sleek and fast as a seal' through turquoise water into the rich blue-purple that lies beneath are gorgeous. The Deep is sophisticated and supple." The Daily Telegraph

"Dunmore's series is written in a sensual, descriptive prose that evokes the watery kingdom with conviction. Characters are clear-cut and written with exuberance." Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Culture

"Dunmore appears to be able to turn her hand to any genre and transform it with her golden touch, making it wholly compulsive and convincing." Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Helen Dunmore

A message from the author:
‘I was born in December 1952, in Yorkshire, the second of four children. My father was the eldest of twelve, and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life, as have my own children. In a large family you hear a great many stories. You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints. Poetry was very important to me from childhood. I began by listening to and learning by heart all kinds of rhymes and hymns and ballads, and then went on to make up my own poems, using the forms I’d heard. Writing these down came a little later. During the 1980s and early 1990s I taught poetry and creative writing, and in the late 1980s I began to publish short stories, and these were the beginning of a breakthrough into fiction. What I had learned of prose technique through the short story gave me the impetus to start writing novels. My first novel for children was published in 1992, and my first novel for adults was published in 1993.’

BIOGRAPHY
Born in Yorkshire, Helen Dunmore studied English at York University and taught in Finland for two years before publishing her first poetry. She has worked as a writer, reader, performer and teacher of Poetry and Creative Writing, tutoring many residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and taking part in the Poetry Society's Writer in Schools scheme. She has also taught at a number of universities. She reviews fiction and poetry, contributes to arts programmes on BBC radio and has been a judge for many literary awards, including the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year award. Her first poetry collection was published in 1983 and she has since been shortlisted for the prestigious TS Eliot Poetry prize. Her first novel for adults, Zennor in Darkness was published in 1993 and she won the inaugural orange Prize for Fiction in 1996. She has written many books for children, the first of which came in 1992. The first book in the Ingo series of novels for children was published in 2005. The second, The Tide Knot (2006), won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal. The third in the Ingo series, The Deep, was published in 2007, and the fourth and final book, The Crossing of Ingo, came out in paperback in 2009. Helen Dunmore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Glamorgan and the University of Exeter. She was on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors 2002-2005 and was Chair of the Society of Authors 2005-2006. She is married and has a step-son, a son and a daughter.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
432 pages
Interest Age: From 10 years

Author

Helen Dunmore
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Author's Website

www.helendunmore.com/

Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Publication date

9th March 2009

ISBN

9780007464135

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