The Doldrums

The Doldrums

by Nicholas Gannon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062320957
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 106,645
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nicholas Gannon studied art and design and held a number of odd jobs before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. He has lived in Tennessee, Minnesota, and upstate New York. He now resides in Brooklyn, and he can sometimes be found eavesdropping on curious conversations at the Explorers Club.

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The Doldrums 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
A story, told through the eyes of a child can be magical and full of expectation. I am so happy that I took a chance to relive a childhood through someone else's eyes. It's books like this one, The Doldrums, by Nicholas Gannon, that allow you to regress, to become a child again and dream dreams so large, you almost escape reality. I say almost escape, because as hard as the children tried, they couldn't get away and venture out on their own (but this is only Book One). The Doldrums is a story of family, dreams, ambition, and the desire to do something so different, you will more than likely fall into danger. Every step Archer, Adélaïde and Oliver took was full of possible adventure, and exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Helmsley wanted to protect him from! Even so, the desire to "GO" was strong. It reminded me so much of me- I fell for the book hook, line and sinker! Archer is a boy, born into adventure. His grandparents, stranded on a glacier, are missing and may never be heard from again. Archer's mother, who doesn't like to speak of her in-laws, can't stand the idea of Archer going anywhere without her or her husband. She was so worried about their influence on her son, she practically made him a prisoner in his home! So she became over-protective and over-bearing. So what does Archer wish to do? Escape! Get away! Have an adventure! So he gets together with his two friends and they set to do just that... For the full review and photo slide: *Book is from my personal, homeschool library.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Archer B. Helmsley was a dreamer. His father was a lawyer, and his mother was a doer. His grandparents were trapped on an iceberg, presumed dead. His mother, afraid that Archer – who, as a dreamer, tended to fantasize and imagine – would suffer a similar fate, kept him in the house at all times: only allowed out for school. Archer decided that he would search for his grandparents (who had been gone for two years) in Antarctica. To do that, he would need help. So, he’s got Adélaïde L. Belmont – who only has one leg, maybe because of her world wide adventures – and Oliver Glub – who will figure out the details of the trip realistically. It seems like it will work out. They have a plan. They have a location. Now, if only things were what they seemed. What I Thought- This was an amazing book. I loved every single second of it. Archer is such a great character that you want him to succeed, to blossom into a wonderful story-driven character, as he does. There are illustrations placed throughout the book, most in color, that were drawn by the author himself. They are fascinating, as you see the characters as they were imagined by the author himself. On the other hand, Mr. Gannon’s writing style is creative and has a unique way of drawing you into the story with a touch of humor and wit. I really enjoyed the book, and wish for a sequel. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review