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The Doldrums av Nicholas Gannon

The Doldrums (utgåvan 2015)

av Nicholas Gannon (Författare)

Serier: The Doldrums (1)

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An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.
Titel:The Doldrums
Författare:Nicholas Gannon (Författare)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2015), 368 pages
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The Doldrums av Nicholas Gannon


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Not the most eventful book, but it was funny! ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
children's adventure/fantasy fiction. This book starts at the beginning saying, don't worry, something extraordinary is going to happen to this otherwise unremarkable boy, but then NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS FOR AT LEAST 100 PAGES OR SO. For a kids' book, that is an astonishing lack of action. I think it would still do ok as a readaloud-at-bedtime-to-put-kids-to-sleep sort of thing, and it was almost interesting enough for me to keep reading, but in the end I decided the watercolor and ink drawings were the most charming thing about it (they are superb). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
A quirky, mysterious first in a series (of two, so far; the next title is The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse) featuring Archer B. Helmsley, who wishes to be an adventurer like his grandparents, Ralph and Rachel - but his mother will barely let him out of the house. He eventually makes friends with his next-door neighbor Oliver Glub, whose father runs The Doldrums Press, and the two of them make friends with a new neighbor, Adelaide Belmont, whose father runs a coffee shop; they moved from Paris after a freak accident (pigeons, bakery truck, lamppost) resulted in Adelaide losing a leg and her career as a ballerina. Together, they plan a trip to Antarctica, to see if Archer's grandparents are still alive and rescue them if they are. This plan does not come to fruition, but they do have a very exciting trip to the local museum that involves loose tigers, and Archer discovers that his grandparents, when they weren't traveling, lived quite close by - so why was he never allowed to see them? The story ends on the news that Ralph and Rachel are alive after all.

Beautiful, sepia-toned illustrations accompany and enhance the text (Gannon also did the illustrations for Bob by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass).

See also: The Expeditioners


It's a curious thing, however, that when you're trying to be extra careful, you always end up doing something careless. (92)

...the consequences of failing and getting caught would be great. But consequences don't matter when they're connected to something you have to do. (103)

"I don't think you should assume anything."
"But it's obvious..."
"Obvious is not always right."
(Adelaide and Oliver, 256)

"You can't do that."
"Sometimes you have to do what you want even when others think you're crazy."
(Oliver and Adelaide, 267) ( )
  JennyArch | Sep 22, 2018 |
This is a weird comment to start off a review, but it needs to be said. This book is HEAVY. It was a constant distraction while reading. All I can attribute it to is the high quality paper it's printed on. It's thick, glossy paper that supports real art work. Seriously. If you don't mind ruining a book, you could cut out the art, frame it, and hang it on the wall. It's that good.

This is a hard book to classify. It's tragic, but optimistic at the same time. Archer's grandparents are famous explorers who were last seen on an iceberg in Antarctica. No one knows if they are alive or dead. Archer admires them. In fact, he wants to find them. But he's got several problems. First, there's his mother who keeps him safely protected from the hazards of adventure. In order to go anywhere he has to sneak out of his house via Oliver's house. The houses on his street are extremely close together, so this is an advantage for Archer. His second problem is Mrs. Murkley, his neighbor and teacher. She is a ruthless tyrant, making the children's lives a living hell. She nearly drives Archer into a rage every time she mentions how foolish his grandparents are.

Then there's the two friends, Oliver and Adelaide. Oliver is not much of an adventurer. He reluctantly goes along with Archer's plan to rescue his grandparents, but makes it clear he's not ready to die. Adelaide has just to moved to the neighborhood with her wooden leg. Her real leg supposedly became a nice meal for a Nile crocodile. Or so she wants you to believe. Her life isn't quite turning out as exciting as she had hoped, so she is all in for this intended Antarctica rescue.

So there you have it. Some wildly quirky characters. I loved all of them. Even Mrs. Merkley had my envy because she was such a perfect antagonist. And the odd tidbits of information appearing out of nowhere are simply divine. How can you not love a book where a cat eats cement powder and well...use your imagination. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
I read this aloud to my five- and eight-year-old daughters. We liked it. It was a bit long and seemed to drag at times. But it was a cute story and there were several LOL moments, which I always love. I like books that make my girls giggle at times. That's how I know they're paying attention. And that they like it. I would definitely read other books by this author. ( )
  Aseleener | Mar 24, 2018 |
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An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.

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