"Eleven year old Archer Helmsley longs for an adventure. Ever since his famous explorer grandparents vanished on an iceberg in Antarctica, he wants to rescue them. But how can he, when his mother is so overprotective? With the help of his two best friends, Adelaide and Oliver, maybe all is not lost. ‘The Doldrums’ is an imaginative book, filled with quirky characters, droll humor and impossible situations. Beautiful full page sepia and color illustrations greatly enhance the story. More than anything, this is a tale of three unique characters whose friendship gives them the courage to attempt the impossible."— Barbara Katz
"A dreamy charmer of a book, full of clever wordplay that practically demands it be read out loud."--New York Times
Have you ever wanted to hold a little piece of the impossible? Lavishly illustrated in full color, The Doldrums is an extraordinary debut about friendship, imagination, and the yearning for adventure from author-artist Nicholas Gannon. A modern classic in the making, The Doldrums is for readers of inventive and timeless authors such as Brian Selznick and Lemony Snicket.
Archer B. Helmsley wants an adventure. No, he needs an adventure. His grandparents were famous explorers . . . until they got stuck on an iceberg. Now Archer's mother barely lets him out of the house. As if that would stop a true Helmsley. Archer enlists Adelaide--the girl who, according to rumor, lost her leg to a crocodile--and Oliver--the boy next door--to help him rescue his grandparents. The Doldrums whisks us off on an adventure full of sly humor, incredible detail, and enormous heart.
With approximately twenty pieces of breathtaking full-color artwork, as well as black-and-white spot illustrations, and gorgeous, literary writing, Nicholas Gannon proves himself to be a distinctive new voice with his middle grade debut. Be in it for the limitless imagination. For the characters who capture your heart. For the rich world you'll want to settle into. But most of all, be in it for the friendship. That, after all, is the true adventure.