Ingo by Helen Dunmore

By Helen Dunmore

A whisper at the tide

Sapphire's father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast the place her kin has continuously lived. She misses him extraordinarily, and she or he longs to listen to his spellbinding stories in regards to the Mer, who dwell within the underwater country of Ingo. possibly for this reason she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet towards the ocean. but if her brother, Conor, begins disappearing for hours on finish, Sapphy starts off to think she may not be the single person who hears the decision of the sea.

In a singular jam-packed with longing, secret, and magic, Helen Dunmore takes us to a brand new global that has the ability either to captivate and to destroy.

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You won’t fall. You can’t stay here clinging on to a cliff. No one’s going to come and rescue you, and anyway, you’ve got to find Conor. I take a deep breath. My feet will know where to go if I can just stop panicking. They know where the next foothold is, and the next, and the next. My feet have been learning the way down for years. I take another deep breath. Slowly, slowly, I let go of the clump of thrift. My right foot finds its way down to the next ledge like a key finding its place in a lock.

I feel triumphant. I may have “slow human reactions,” but I saw the shark first. ” asks Faro. He rolls lazily in the water. “Of course, we Mer aren’t very observant, compared to Air People like you. ” Faro shrugs. “Air People dressed in black, with air on their backs. It’s bad to bring Air into Ingo. ” My heart thuds. I have the strangest feeling, as if I know that word better than I know anything else in the world. But it’s hazy, distant. There’s a part of my mind I can’t reach while I’m underwater.

You’re good children,” says Mum, so quietly I’m not sure I’ve heard her right. “Stay together, mind. ” “We will,” I say, and I mean it. I am not letting Conor out of my sight today. “Will you be all right driving, Mum? ” 35 “It’ll be clearer up on the road,” says Mum. “There’s my good girl. ” I go out with her, to open the gate and shut it again after she’s gone through. The mist is not quite so bad once you’re out in it. I can see as far as the wall and the thorn-bush looming in the field beyond.

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