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The Tide Knot (Ingo)


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HELEN DUNMORE is a novelist, short story writer and poet. She has written twenty-two children's books, including Brother Brother, Sister Sister; The Lilac Tree; The Seal Cove; and the bestselling Ingo series. She has written nine adult books including A Spell of Winter, which won the 1996 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her poetry collections have won the Poetry Society's Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the Signal Poetry Award. Helen Dunmore was born in Yorkshire, England, and now lives in Bristol with her husband and children.


Gr 5-8-Sapphire and Conor recently discovered a magnificent underwater world in Ingo (HarperCollins, 2006), and now their part-mermaid or "Mer" blood is calling them back again. Having recently lost their father to the irresistible call of the sea, Sapphire is desperate to establish contact with him, wherever he is. When her transformed Mer father does at last appear to her, he warns of an impending danger to the humans on the land. Now the siblings must find a way to turn back the tide on the Cornish coast of England before the uncontrollable oceans destroy everything they know and love. Dunmore offers a more mature and thoughtful view of mermaids and their culture than most of the other fantasy series for kids. Strong characters and a consistently enticing plot make this a cut above the rest. The book also presents a neat parable of adolescence: not feeling comfortable in your own skin coupled with the desire to test boundaries. Sapphire's inner struggle over where she belongs, on the land or in the sea, remains unresolved and will undoubtedly leave readers anxious for the final book in the trilogy.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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