The Doldrums

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Archer B. Helmsley admires her grandparents, though he was so little when he last saw them, he doesn’t remember them. They are world explorers last seen floating away on an iceberg near Antartica. Archer would love to follow in their footsteps, but his mother won’t even let him out of the house. His friend Oliver Glub is able to visit by climbing over the rooftops from his house nearby. Archer has shared his dreams with Oliver. When a young girl with a wooden leg moves into their little enclave, the boys are fascinated, and when they hear her leg and her mother were eaten by a crocodile on the Nile River, Archer knows she is the one to help him go to Antarctica to search for his grandparents.

Nicholas Gannon, author and illustrator, has written a story that will absolutely charm the middle-grade set. There are a lot of really funny characters and many super silly events, as well as a good dose of fantasy in this book. Archer, Adélaïde, and Oliver are a trio readers will cheer for and hope for more books starring the three. Gannon’s whimsical and detailed illustrations are the icing on this lovely cake.

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Author Nicholas Gannon
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Greenwillow Books
Publish Date 2015-Sep-29
ISBN 9780062320940
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Issue October 2015
Category Tweens


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