published in 2005,
by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Ingo is the first book in a major series for children, set in a tantalisingly beautiful and dangerous world of adventure under the sea, where the Mer people live. The second book in this trilogy, The Tide Knot, will be published in May 2006 at the same time as the paperback of Ingo. Ingo is also published by HarperCollins in the USA, and by HarperCollins Canada.
Sapphire and her brother Conor live on the Cornish coast in a cottage on the cliff-tops. One day just after Midsummer Eve, their lives change for ever when their father disappears while out in his boat one evening.
Everyone else thinks he has drowned, especially when his upturned boat, the Peggy Gordon, is found wedged between rocks at the foot of the cliffs a few miles down the coast. But Sapphire and Conor believe he is still alive, and they make a vow never to give up their search until they find him.
Through their quest for their father Sapphire and Conor discover that they have the power to enter the mysterious world of Ingo. They meet a Mer brother and sister, Faro and Elvira, and voyage deeper and deeper into the world beneath the sea, where you travel by surfing currents and must learn the ways of dolphins, sharks and whales. Soon they are drawn far away from their life in the Air. Sapphire and Conor learn that although they are human, they also have Mer ancestry. When they are in Ingo their Mer blood grows strong, and they have powers they never knew they possessed ...
See the Harper Collins 'Ingo' mini site on www.harpercollins.ca/ingobook/myth.html