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The Crossing of Ingo

Written by Helen Dunmore

Part of the The Ingo Chronicles Series

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LoveReading View on The Crossing of Ingo

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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The Crossing of Ingo Synopsis

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!

The Crossing of Ingo Press 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


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ISBN: 9780007464135
Publication date: 09/03/2009
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007464135
Publication date: 9th March 2009
Author: Helen Dunmore
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks

About 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 ...

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