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The Tide Knot [Library Binding]

Helen Dunmore
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Feb 2008

The dramatic and spellbinding sequel to Helen Dunmore's critically acclaimed ‘Ingo’.

“I can’t go back in the house. I’m restless, prickling all over. The wind hits me like slaps from huge invisible hands. But it’s not the wind that worries me. It’s something else, beyond the storm…”

Sapphire and Conor can’t forget their adventures in Ingo, the mysterious world beneath the sea. They long to see their Mer friends Faro and Elvira, and swim with the dolphins once more.

But a crisis is brewing far below the ocean’s surface, where the wisest of the Mer guards the Tide Knot. And soon both Sapphire and Conor will be drawn into Ingo’s troubled waters…

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  • Library Binding: 330 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060818565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060818562
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,439,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Tide Knot:

"Intensely compelling… gorgeous." Amanda Craig, The Times

“Dunmore's graceful style is what makes the unbelievable believable…” The Independent on Sunday

“Like the ocean itself, this book is deep and strange and marvellous.” Nial MacMonagle, The Irish Times

“This is a wonderful fantasy story…” Jan Winter, Inis

Praise for Ingo:

"Ingo has a haunting, dangerous beauty all of its own." Philip Ardagh, Guardian

"The electric thrill of swimming with dolphins, of racing along currents, and of leaving the world of reason and caution behind are described with glorious intensity." Amanda Craig, The Times

"Compellingly lyrical." Independent

"Helen Dunmore may have a few drowned readers on her conscience, so enticing and believable is the underwater world she creates in Ingo." Telegraph

"Helen Dunmore is an exceptional and versatile writer and she writes with a restrained, sensual grace." Observer

"A remarkable fantasy… It's a haunting, beautifully written book which creates a totally believable parallel world." Northern Echo

"Ingo is an intoxicating adventure… Wonderful, evocative storytelling." Publishing News

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About the Author

Helen Dunmore is an award-winning novelist and poet as well as a children's writer. She has published eight collections of poetry, and has written nine novels and two collections of short stories. She has won the Orange Prize for Fiction with her novel A Spell of Winter, and her novel The Siege was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Fiction and was serialised on BBC Radio 4. Her latest novel, Counting the Stars, is published in February 2008.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first 24 May 2007
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Format:Hardcover
I was a bit annoyed at Ingo for ending so abruptly with a teaser that pretty much said 'find out what happens in the sequel next year'. I mean I felt like complaining to some authority about it. The Tide Knot makes up for it by being even better than Ingo.

The story picks up in a cold and bleak November where Saphire and Conor have moved to the town next to Senara and left their cottage to renters. Conor is more interested in surfing but Saphire cannot let go of the pull of Ingo. Her mother still has no clue but potential stepdad Roger is becoming more and more suspicious. Saphire still believes her dad didn't really drown and is still looking for answers. Again she involves herself in the affairs of the Mer to solve the mystery.

As before, The Tide Knot is written in that same dreamy, euphoric style that makes every trip into the ocean seem like and enigmatic heroin rush. Whenever Saphire is not in Ingo we cannot wait until she just dashes for the shore and whenever she is far out in some current we don't want her to head back to land. It's weird and yet pleasing how she exists in two different worlds and is somehow wise beyond her years (I like children's books that don't insult their intelligence) without seeming cocky.

With the third novel in the series (The Deep) already out, this is looking like a series I am seriously enjoying that sort of popped out of nowhere. I recommend any teenager (or adult, such as myself) to pick up these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As entrancing as the sea itself... 30 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
Helen Dunmore has crafted a beautiful world in which the more familiar world of the land people and the unknown and dangerous realm of the sea live side by side in uneasy balance. The magic is thrilling, the tension is vivid and the main character's struggle with her temptation by the seductive underwater world is all too believable.

I loved this title and it's predecessor Ingo. Suitable for children AND adults who love a good read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So real you can smell the sea... 14 July 2008
Format:Paperback
A beautifully written and worthy sequel to Ingo. Both my children (ages 14 and 10) enjoyed this and I read 'Ingo' and 'The Tide Knot' on their recommendation. I now see what the seduction is. It's heartening to see such good, stimulating writing for children out there. I can't remember reading anywhere such sensual descriptions of the sea, or the sea shore in a children's book. You can almost smell the Cornish coast in this writing. Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars tide knot better than ingo? 14 Mar 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
i am 10 and a freind lended me ingo and once i had finished it i beegged for the next book tide knot. tide knot is definetly better than ingo, sapphire and connor set out to find there dad when they end saving the world from being drowned by ingo!
you must read this book as it tells you things MUST know and gives you a brilliant experince in bed, under the sea!!!

helen dunmore is a fantastic author.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the tide knot. 18 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
As amazing as the first book, Helen Dunmore has fluently written a masterpeice, which grips you into every detail of Ingo and Sapphy's life. Every page brings new adventure as you ride the waves and swim the currents.

An amazing read, and it is based around where i live so i can get the benefit of knowing where places and things are.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a light and enjoyable book that takes you into another world , and lets you follow the mystery of the deep.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic sequel 3 July 2007
By Jane
Format:Paperback
This is a brilliant sequel to 'Ingo'. Again there is the amazing mixture of fantasy with a real-life modern story. It can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. The descriptions of the flood and the gradual unfolding of the fate of the children's father is fascinating and the book is a real page-turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first review 7 Jan 2011
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
The tide knot is such an amazing book!!
I am only 8 but I enjoyed it so much that I finished it in only 4 days and every morning my mother would come to say good morning and she always found me reading!
I think that children that enjoy a good read could even read it at 7.
It is a good bedtime book but I always read in the morning. It's less famous than it ought to be. When I went to london (I live in Florence but I wish I lived in Cornwall) I went to Waterstone's and found it in the teen section but I had always looked in the 9-12 section and never found it. I recommend it for adults and children. I say "it takes you with it" which means that you don't know how far into the book you are and how much time has past. I can't wait to have "The Deep" and 'The Crossing of Ingo', I'm sure they will be as amazing as 'Ingo' and 'The Tide Knot.
It's great, engaging and exciting
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5.0 out of 5 stars the tide knot is a must read!! 22 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a 14 year old girl (writting from my dad's account ) who first began by reading the first novel INGO, also read my INGO review ... I was so gripped by it's storyline in INGO which was exciting and thrilling that i had to read to next one in the series THE TIDE KNOT!!!!!! The tide knot follows on from the beautifully built world that was created in INGO - as you know the story's basics is about a 13 / 14 year girl who one day discovers the fantasy magical world under the sea of cornwall... However most people when they read the blerb think that this book is all going to be about mermaids, fun and games - boy oh boy are they wrong.
The whole series has a deeper meaning than that and depending on the age group is perseaved in many different ways. Like in the beginning of ingo sapphire's and conor's father goes missing one night when the sea is wild and angry and that is what carries on the novels on - and in the next novel the tide knot " dark secrets really are unleashed! " - that is what it quotes on the cover!
But please do give the first few chapters a chance because whats happening in that moment is important towards the end! I made that mistake by getting bored, however the tide knot is amazingly written with extra's at the back of the book... I give it 5 stars ***** and much deserved praise to it's author HELEN DUNMORE who has got me wanting to read for hours on end! As of this moment i haven't read THE DEEP however i have ordered it from amazon - and when i have completed that novel i will continue through onto THE CROSSING OF INGO!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition
I bought this book for my 10yr old daughter who had read Ingo and loved the story. Excellent book in very good condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars the tide knot
My 11 year old daughter has loved these books, they are not depressing like some books designed for her age group, just fantasy, adventure :) would recommend for any well balanced... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ashlin-rose
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
This was sent for by me for my granddaughter, she was thrilled to bits with it as it was a follow on. Read more
Published 8 months ago by abcde
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought this as a Birthday Present
Bought this for my sister as birthday present and i haven't heard any complaints, but it must be a good as she has asked me to order other titles from this author.
Published 16 months ago by Foster Major
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
I ordered this book as my daughter had just finished the previous in the series and was eager to read more. Read more
Published on 24 May 2012 by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars i am so pleased :)
i am very please with the quick postage, the book was in ok condition it had a few bent pages but probably only a one off thing. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by HappyDays
5.0 out of 5 stars the tide knot:helen dunmore
i thought the book was very different i have read the first three sofar and am looking forward to the forth one.I love the idea of being under the sea. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tide Knot Book
This story is even better than Ingo the first book. More action, adventure, danger and mystery than before. I think the characters in the book are very good. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Mr A P HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars The quadrology picks up pace
Sapphire and Conor have moved from their home, a tiny cottage by the sea to the little town of St Pirans to move in with their mother's boyfriend, diver Simon. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Jo Bennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book.
This book was a great read and I'd recommend the Ingo series to anyone. It came quickly and in great condition as did 'The Crosssing of Ingo,' which I also purchased. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2009 by M. R. Gribbon
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