The Tide Knot (Ingo Series)
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The Tide Knot (Ingo Series)

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by Helen Dunmore

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In a seaside town of sandy beaches and ocean breezes, Sapphy has never felt so far from the sea. The crowded shore at St. Pirans is nothing like the cove at Sapphy's old home, where she first found her way into the underwater world of Ingo.

But Ingo's pull is strong, and it always finds a way. Soon Sapphy and her brother, Conor, are swimming beneath the waves


In a seaside town of sandy beaches and ocean breezes, Sapphy has never felt so far from the sea. The crowded shore at St. Pirans is nothing like the cove at Sapphy's old home, where she first found her way into the underwater world of Ingo.

But Ingo's pull is strong, and it always finds a way. Soon Sapphy and her brother, Conor, are swimming beneath the waves again, riding the currents and teasing their Mer friend Faro. As Sapphy goes deeper into Ingo, she learns to feel more at home in the sea—even as she begins to be aware of its dangers.

There's the danger of going in too deep, and breaking the delicate balance between Sapphy's life on land and her life in Ingo. There's the mysterious disappearance of Sapphy's father, an experienced sailor who should never have drowned. And then there's Ingo itself—a restless power as old as the world, as strong as the tides, and more dangerous than anything Sapphy has ever known.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
The Tide Knot, gives the term dysfunctional family a new twist. What happens when the ocean takes Sapphire's father and leaves her family torn between land and ocean? Now Sapphire and her brother Connor must find out the answer to their father's disappearance and at the same time save themselves from complete destruction. While Connor still wants to be more on land then water, the ocean tempts Sapphire and pulls her to the underwater place of Ingo. Here she learns of her father's fate and how she must choose to belong to either the land or the ocean. She struggles with the right answer because each place has people that she loves. While our heroine makes a decision, her town finds itself flooded and now Connor and Sapphire have to make things right even if it means someone must die. The author, Helen Dunmore, gives her reader a new look at how the family is changing in our society. I could smell the fresh sea air and I could visualize what the village would have looked like underwater. Sometimes I struggled with Sapphire's motivation and why she keeps being drawn to her father and yet never really reaches him. That circle never seems to complete itself. This is the second book in the series, while Ingo was the first. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
Many "hear the call of the sea," but few hear it as well as Sapphire and her brother, Conor. They are among the select humans to have entered Ingo--the underwater dimension that complements Air/Earth--and its intoxication is not easily forgotten. Even though the siblings have befriended merfolk Faro and Elvira, Ingo is still a dangerous playground: the sea resents mankind's continual efforts to reclaim land, and the unrest is eroding Ingo's magical boundaries. More perilous to Sapphire, though, is Ingo's allure; her father succumbed to it last year and disappeared at sea, and Sapphire realizes she too will have to choose between her human family and her merblood. Dunmore's greatest triumph is her characters. Sapphire is both admirable and attainable, the merfolk are suitably--almost chillingly--alien, and even ponderous whales who tell bad jokes come across as ethereal rather than cartoonish. Amidst the stunning imagery, however, is a story that builds marvelously but falters somewhat in its resolution. Those accustomed to intricate conclusions may not be completely satisfied with the murky and somewhat convenient ending, but for most, The Tide Knot will introduce a wonderful, enthralling world the reader can dive into again and again. Age Range: Ages 12 to 18. REVIEWER: Cara Chancellor (Vol. 42, No. 1)
School Library Journal

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

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Kirkus Reviews
Often sequels are not as powerful as the original, but this sequel to Ingo (2006), a British fantasy import, seems, at times, to be far more gripping than its franchise leader, with tense plot points cooled by more temperate but compelling plot points. Sapphire and her brother Conor have long suspected that their father didn't simply disappear. They thought he answered the call of Ingo, an undersea world populated by Mer folk. The siblings struggle with their loss and the search for answers but also their own identities as part Mer and part human. That conflict aside, a certain force in Ingo, the Tide Knot, a system wherein the tides of the world rush in but return in an organized structure, decides to will itself undone. This promises certain death and damage to the seaside community Sapphire inhabits with her family. The fantastic journey undertaken by both teenagers reveals them as worthy heroes in a promising adventure in a foreign land (and sea). (Fiction. 10-14)

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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.09(d)
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 14 Years

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The Tide Knot

Chapter One

Ingo at night. It's not completely dark, though. The moon is riding high, and there's enough light to turn the water a rich, mysterious blue.

I am deep in Ingo, swimming through the moonlit water. Faro's here somewhere, I'm sure he is. I can't see him, but I'm not scared. There's just enough light to see by. There's a glimmer of rock and a green and silver school of mackerel—

Imagine being lost underwater in total blackness. I'd panic. But it's dangerous to panic in Ingo. You mustn't think of the Air. You must forget that human beings can't live underwater, and then you'll find that you can.

Faro was here a moment ago, I'm sure of it. He's keeping himself hidden, but I don't know why. Even if it was totally dark, I expect he'd still be able to see me through the water. Faro is Mer, and he belongs here. Ingo is his home. And I'm human, and I don't belong.

But it isn't as simple as that. There's something else in me, the Mer blood that came to me and my brother, Conor, from our ancestors. It's my Mer blood that draws me to Ingo, beneath the surface of the water. I'd probably drown without my Mer blood, but it's best not to think of that—

"Faro?" Nobody answers. All the same, I know he is close. But I won't call again. I'm not going to give Faro the satisfaction of thinking that I'm scared or that I need him. I can survive in Ingo without him. I don't need to hold on to him anymore, the way I did last year when I first came to Ingo. The water is rich with oxygen. It knows how to keep me alive.

I swim on. This light is very strange. Just for a moment that underwaterreef didn't look as if it was made from rock. It looked like the ruins of a great building, carved from stone thousands of years ago. I blink. No, it's a reef, that's all.

Why am I here in Ingo tonight? I can't remember clearly. Maybe I woke up in the dead of night and heard a voice calling from the sea. Did I climb down the path, down the rocks to our cove, and then slip into the water secretly?

Don't be so stupid, Sapphire. You don't live in the cottage anymore, remember? You've left Senara. You're living in St. Pirans, with Mum and Conor and Sadie. And Roger is never far away. How could you have forgotten all that?

So how did I get here? I must have come down to Polquidden Beach and dived into Ingo from there. Yes, that was it. I remember now. I was in bed, drifting off to sleep, and then I felt Ingo calling me. That call, which is so powerful that every cell of my body has to answer it. Ingo was waiting for me. I would be able to dive down and down and down, beneath the skin of the water, into Ingo. I would swim with the currents through the underwater world that is so strange and mysterious and yet also feels like home.

Yes, I remember putting on my jeans and hooded top and creeping downstairs in the moonlight from the landing window. Stealthily unlocking the front door and then running down to Polquidden Beach, where the water shone in the moonlight and the voice of Ingo was so strong that I couldn't hear anything else.

And now I'm in Ingo again. Ever since we moved to St. Pirans, I've been trying to get back here, but it's never worked before tonight. There's too much noise in St. Pirans, too many people, shops, cafés and car parks. But at night maybe it's different. Maybe the dark is like a key that turns the lock and opens Ingo.

"Greetings, little sister."


I turn in a swirl of water, and there he is.

"Faro! Where've you been? Why haven't I seen you for so long?"

His hand grasps mine. Even in the moonlight his teasing smile is the same as ever.

"We're here now, aren't we? Nothing else matters. Sapphire, I've got so much to show you."

He lets go of my hand and backflips into a somersault, and then another and another until the water's churning so fast I can't see him at all. At last he stops in a seethe of bubbles and grabs my hand again.

"Come on, Sapphire. Time to go. Night is the best time of all."

"Why is it the best time of all, Faro?"

"Because at night you see things you can't see by day."

"What things?"

"You'll see."

We join hands. There's a current racing ahead, the color of the darkest blue velvet. We plunge forward. The current is so strong that it crushes me. I'm jolting, juddering, struggling in its grip, but I can't break away. It's got me, like a cat with a bird in its claws. It's much too powerful for me, and it knows its own strength.

This is like the moment when you get onto the most terrifying ride of all at a theme park and you're strapped in, helpless to escape. The ride begins to move and you see a mocking smile on the face of the attendants and you realize that they don't care at all. But Ingo is no theme park, where people lose their jobs if they kill the customers. Anything can happen here. If I die now, no one will ever know. They'll only say that I drowned, like they said Dad drowned.

Don't panic, Sapphire. Let the current take you where it wants. Wherever you go, you'll be safe. Reassuring thoughts echo in my head, and I'm not sure for a moment if they are my thoughts or Faro's. Are we sharing our thoughts again, the way we did last summer? Relax, let the current take you. Don't resist it, or you'll get hurt. Jolts of force shake me. I'm afraid, I'm afraid, I can't breathe—

The Tide Knot. Copyright © by Helen Dunmore. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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 Tide Knot: Ingo Quartet, Book 2 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
love within a book. i loved Ingo and i love The Tide Knot & The Deep! i highly recommend them ALL! (Ingo is the first in the Ingo Series, then The Tide Knot, then The Deep). The Tide Knot is truly breath taking, and i loved it to the very end. i truly recommend this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Helen Dunmore's Books especially the Ingo series. I've already read this book but love them sooo much that I just have to have them to keep forever. Helen Dunmore can surely thrill everyone who read the first book! KEPT ME READING ALL THE WAY THROUGH!!!!! I even snuck read sometimes in school!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read ingo and loved it! But this book sounds exactly the i right or wrong?
Rodney Aberegg More than 1 year ago
i loved the first one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was pretty good. I mean, the characters seem to fly off the page! But the first one won me over. You can't top "Ingo".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love these books so much. As soon as I start them, I cannot stop. Ask my mom. She'll tell you. I think Helen Dunmore is an awesome author. I love these books with all my heart. Conor is the best brother Sapphy could ever have. I love all the characters so much. Whenever I finish one of these books, the story and all the characters stay with me for a long time afterwards. I have nothing more to say. Just that I love these books more than you people can imagine. P.S. I want to brag about the fact that I was able to buy the third one 'the title is 'The Deep'' and it is here, at my house, and I am going to read it very very soon. And all of you people will probably have to wait for quite a while longer before you can read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books. I can't wait for the third one to finally come out in the U.S. I couldn't put this book down. I slipped right back into Ingo with this book. I am waiting in anticipation for Conner's, Sapphire's, and Faro's next adventure!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has taken forever for this book to finally come out in America. The third one is already out in the U.K. Oh well. The Tide Knot is going to be a great book, I just know it. I am eagerly waiting to get back into Ingo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, athough I did like the first book (Ingo) a bit better, which I could read many many times without losing interest. But over all I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book #2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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She chose faro and the mer people :3
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It was epic i loved it so much!!!!!!!!
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Loved it
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Second book
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