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The Doldrums
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The Doldrums
Doldrums Series, Book 1
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Archer B. Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. He knows every nook and cranny. He knows them all too well. After all,...
Archer B. Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. He knows every nook and cranny. He knows them all too well. After all,...
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  • Archer B. Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. He knows every nook and cranny. He knows them all too well. After all, ever since his grandparents went missing on an iceberg, his mother barely lets him leave the house.

    Archer B. Helmsley longs for adventure. Grand adventures, with parachutes and exotic sunsets and interesting characters. But how can he have an adventure when he can't leave his house?

    It helps that he has friends like Adélaïde L. Belmont, who must have had many adventures since she ended up with a wooden leg. (Perhaps a crocodile ate it. Perhaps not.) And Oliver Glub. Oliver will worry about all the details (so that Archer doesn't have to).

    And so Archer, Adélaïde, and Oliver make a plan. A plan to get out of the house, out of their town entirely. It's a good plan.

    Well, it's not bad, anyway.

    But nothing goes quite as they expect.

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  • Nicholas Gannon studied art and design and held a number of odd jobs before becoming a full-time author. He has lived in Tennessee, Minnesota, and New York, including a brief residence at a tall, narrow brownstone in New York City that was the inspiration for 375 Willow Street. He now resides in Brooklyn. This is his first book.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 15, 2015
    On Archer Helmsley’s ninth birthday, his grandparents vanish while exploring an iceberg in Antarctica. Two years later, Archer (along with his best friend Oliver, the fretful son of a newspaperman, and Adélaïde, a mysterious Parisian girl with a wooden leg) plans to embark on a rescue mission—if only his overprotective mother would let him leave the house. Newcomer Gannon reveals himself as a skilled storyteller, both in his writing and artwork. His quippy quotes, whimsically meandering exposition, and penchant for the gently absurd breathe life into his three main characters, while his full-color illustrations—precise, elegant, and haunting—are a delightful means of seeing into his mind’s eye. Archer has a vibrant imagination, spending lonely days inside the family home daydreaming and making conversation with a menagerie of taxidermied creatures, while Adélaïde’s missing limb is the subject of spirited schoolyard gossip involving a hungry crocodile, speculation that Adélaïde herself is happy to fuel. It’s a tender tale of friendship, untapped courage, and accidental adventure, filled with the spirit of exploration. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House.

  • AudioFile Magazine Bronson Pinchot's exhilarating performance is filled with versatile and evocative character voices. Archer Benjamin Helmsley--grandson of renowned explorers who perished in Antarctica--discovers that they may still be alive. Besides his trusty friend, Oliver, who better to search for them than the French girl who lost her leg in a crocodile attack? With a delightful French accent, Pinchot captures Adelaide's soft voice and gentle personality. His eclectic assortment of voices, full of personality, reveal the characters' larger-than-life attributes--especially those of the brash, boisterous, somewhat unhinged Mrs. Murkley. Pinchot's effervescent performance and spot-on character portrayals highlight not only the irony and humor but also the poignant themes of this heartwarming story. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine

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