The Deep (Ingo Series)
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The Deep (Ingo Series)

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by Helen Dunmore

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Sapphire lives in two worlds. On land she walks the rocky shores of the Cornwall coast—but under the sea she can swim like a seal by the side of her Mer friend Faro.

Now both of Sapphy's worlds are threatened. In the profound depths of the ocean, where the Mer cannot go, a monster called the Kraken is stirring. He has the power to sweep Ingo away and shake

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Sapphire lives in two worlds. On land she walks the rocky shores of the Cornwall coast—but under the sea she can swim like a seal by the side of her Mer friend Faro.

Now both of Sapphy's worlds are threatened. In the profound depths of the ocean, where the Mer cannot go, a monster called the Kraken is stirring. He has the power to sweep Ingo away and shake the land from its foundation.

Because of her mixed blood, Sapphire can enter the Deep. With a great whale as her guide, she will journey to a place so far from the sun, no light can find it—and confront an evil that's even darker.

Editorial Reviews

“Dunmore’s fine writing delivers again for fans of the Ingo series.”
The Horn Book
“The enchanting and perilous world [is] depicted with depth and resonance in Dunmore’s commanding prose.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Dunmore’s narrative skims effortlessly across the pages as it chronicles the kids’ thrilling adventures.”
VOYA - Hilary Crew
In this sequel to Ingo (HarperCollins, 2006/VOYA April 2006) and The Tide Knot (2008/VOYA December 2007), Sapphire is summoned by the Mer to quell the Kraken. Awake after thousands of years, the Kraken demands the sacrifice of Mer babies; otherwise, Ingo will be destroyed. The Mer ask Sapphire to go where they cannot - into the "Deep" - to put the Kraken to sleep. Sapphire, Conor, and Faro are taken to the Kraken's lair by Sapphire's whale friend where they face the shape-shifting Kraken with only a special mirror belonging to Sadowr, leader of the Mer, and a sprig of rowanberries to ward off evil. Meanwhile, outside Ingo, the parallel plot of Sapphire and Conor's family develops as their mother and Roger plan a trip to Australia while Sapphire still hopes that her father will choose to return home rather than live with his Mer wife and baby. Dunmore's characters are strong. She evokes setting well, and her descriptions of the sea world are lovely. She writes knowledgably about the sperm whale. Stirring passages include Faro's discovery that he is not pure Mer and the duel with the Kraken. A strong point is the value Dunmore places on being different through Sapphire's first-person narration and her acceptance of her identity as a hybrid being. The safety of Ingo and the Earth will depend on those who, like Sapphire, Conor, and Faro, are both human and Mer. The novel ends with hints of Sapphire's future as she envisions making a special journey across Ingo. Reviewer: Hilary Crew
VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
Fans of Dunmore's Ingo series will enjoy the long-awaited American debut of this third title, released two years ago in the United Kingdom. Still reeling from the aftermath of coastal flooding, Sapphy and her brother Conor again embark on a lively undersea adventure, this time in Dunmore's adaptation of the classic myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. With Mer friend Faro, the parthuman— part-Mer siblings must appease the recently woken Kraken, lest the inhabitants of Ingo—an undersea community of Mer— will be forced to sacrifice children. Amidst the deep-diving quest, Dunmore manages to weave in a fair amount of teen angst as the youth come to terms with their split identities, the disappearance of their father, and Roger, Mum's new boyfriend. The story circulates primarily around the younger impulsive Sapphy, but her gender is not overdrawn. Combining her character with the even-tempered and confident Conor, the title and series will appeal to boys and girls. Dunmore does a fine job keeping the story line moving at a reasonable clip while remaining attentive to the series' larger themes. Readers who pick up the series with this installment will have no problem catching up with Dunmore's story, but they will likely want to backtrack and read the first and second titles respectively. This third book will leave American readers hungry for the forthcoming final title, The Crossing of Ingo, which has been shortlisted for the 2009 Independent Booksellers' Prize in the U.K. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
VOYA - Isabel Crevasse
Helen Dunmore's The Deep is, in a word, unremarkable. Despite the life-threatening and life-changing circumstances, the internal and external struggles of part-human—part- Mer Sapphire are uninteresting. Sapphire's understanding of the language of the Mer and the sea creatures is reminiscent of the Speech in Diane Duane's Young Wizards series but less appealing. Although it certainly isn't bad, the book isn't particularly memorable either. Reviewer: Isabel Crevasse, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Nikita Agrawal
The Kraken is awake once more, and Sapphire, because of her mixed Mer-human blood, is the only one who can visit the Deep to confront the monster. From the first few pages, Dunmore creates a vivid world of both terror and beauty that engulfs the reader. And although the writing is often simple and repetitive, Dunmore does not fail to satiate with an ending that hints of more adventure to come. Reviewer: Nikita Agrawal, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Get ready to get lost in another world—Ingo, the cool, blue world under the sea. Sapphire (Saph) and her brother, Conner, have been there before. Since they have Mer blood in their veins, they can use their legs in the world of light and earth or swim—and breathe—in the deep sea. It is this watery world that keeps drawing Saph. In this second book about the world of Ingo, she is asked to save Ingo and the Mer people by going where even Mer dare not go. Her quest: to venture into the deep and confront the Kraken who threatens Ingo. Will she? Can she? Along the way, readers meet the land and sea people in Sapphire's world: Granny Carne, who gives Saph dried rowanberries and advises her to keep them always hidden and safe, even in Ingo since, "my rowanberries are more than a match for saltwater"; Faro, the young Merman who is Saph's special friend; Ervys, the Mer who urges Saph to go despite dangers—is that all he really wants? There is also Saldowr, the wise old Mer whose advice Saph seeks plus the huge whale, also Saph's friend, who calls her "little bare legs." Will the whale guide her? Is Sapphire strong enough to overcome the Kraken? Can Conner accompany her? Will the two ever find their father, who succumbed to Ingo two years ago? And on dry land, Sapphire's mother has plans to move the family to Australia. How could Conner and Sapphire possibly leave? This is a young adult novel that moves effortlessly between watery and dry worlds and draws the reader along. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Ingo Series
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5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
13 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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The Deep: Ingo Quartet, Book 4 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ingo is first. The Tide Knot is second. The Deep is the third. They are all amazing and there is a fourth! The Crossing of Ingo. I wish they would have it on the nook... anyway, this series is really nice. It is a clean series aside from the fact that her father gave up her mother to marry a mermaid. Otherwise it was really nice. It has over a hundered pages and is most adventuring. The kraken is most evil but as far as I know he only appears in the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book! The 1st one is Ingo the 2nd one is The Tide Knot! The Deep ( this one ) is the 3rd btw there is a 4th one too called Crossing Ingo but its not on nook ( i wish it was though ) :(
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
New troubles loom for Saffy, her brother, Connor, and their friend, Faro. Not just because the Kraken - an ancient monster of the deep - has threatened to destroy Ingo unless the Mer give over their young. A new danger is rising, with aspiring leader Ervys gaining strength by encouraging prejudice against those who aren't full-blooded Mer. Faro's mentor, Saldowr, believes the people of Ingo have another option in Saffy, who entered the deep and managed to survive - an impossible feat for all but a handful of the ocean's inhabitants. He presents Saffy with the monumental task of returning to fight and defeat the Kraken. Despite the brewing tensions between Ingo and Air, Saffy and Connor agree to help, on the condition that they're allowed to see their father (who traded life as a human to become Mer) upon their return. Armed only with Granny Karne's rowan seeds and Saldowr's magical mirror, Saffy, Connor, and Faro embark on a perilous journey inside the mouth of a whale. While it's easy enough to dive right into THE DEEP without reading the first two books in Helen Dunmore's INGO series, I highly recommend all of them. I was so eager to follow the events of Saffy's life and discover the source of her family's connection to the sea, I gobbled up these books in a matter of days. THE DEEP is a page-flipping installment which takes the three main characters to the edge of an unknown world, forcing them to confront their deepest fears against a treacherous enemy.
bells458 More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best book in the whole entire world. You also should read the other books in the series.
Ocean-Gal More than 1 year ago
Great, great book! Makes me love the characters more! Greatly written, the story line-wonderful! There is nothing I can complain about! Except that I have to wait for the 4th book! (It hasn't come to the USA yet, grrrrrr!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it so good
Hannah Brown More than 1 year ago
It is the second book ad if you have read the first this one is even better. It is my favorite out if the series so far. Of course I haven't read the last one. But I still recomend it highly. The first one is Ingo and this is the second one.
Bob Watkins More than 1 year ago
this isn't a recommendation, it's a question that needs answering. is this the third or second book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book#3 !!!!!!
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The Ingo series is excellent!!! They are my favorite books... That I highly reccomend!
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Three. The fourth book is the crossing of ingo but its not on nook yet. The ingo series are sick and addicting. Plz read them :)
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Seaberg Family Account More than 1 year ago
It is the second.
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