The Doldrums

By: Nicholas Gannon

Archer's mother tries to squelch his urge to explore, but Archer is determined to rally his new friends and rescue his grandparents from the iceberg where they were last seen. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062320940

JLG Release: Jan 2016


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Eccentrics and eccentricities , Family life , Friendship , Explorers , Museums , Humorous stories

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Awards & Honors

Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Humor

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Ever since Archer’s adventurous grandparents disappeared on an iceberg in Antarctica, his mother has been excessively overprotective. As a result, Archer has created a rich life for himself, largely played out in his imagination. When a mysterious package arrives from his supposedly deceased grandparents, it is all the motivation Archer needs Ever since Archer’s adventurous grandparents disappeared on an iceberg in Antarctica, his mother has been excessively overprotective. As a result, Archer has created a rich life for himself, largely played out in his imagination. When a mysterious package arrives from his supposedly deceased grandparents, it is all the motivation Archer needs to hatch a plan to rescue them. With the help of his newfound friends, Adelaide and Oliver, Archer begins to prepare for his trip to Antarctica. The story gently unfolds from there, with the children spending a large portion of their time planning for the journey. The protagonists are lonely and isolated in their own way, and they (and readers) eventually realize that all their planning is not about the adventure after all but, rather, about the companionship and camraderie they find in each other. The adults in the story are quirky and caricaturelike; the evil Mrs. Murkley is the spitting image of Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull and Adelaide’s father is an eccentric flibbertigibbet. Overall, the story is appealing with sweet, quiet moments of friendship and well-crafted metaphors, with a focus on character development over action. The work features approximately 20 pieces of full-color artwork as well as black-and-white spot illustrations. VERDICT This whimsical coming-of-age story has a touch of mystery that will endear it to fans of Roald Dahl.—Laura Lutz, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

Book Details

ISBN

9780062320940

First Release

January 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6 1/2" x 9"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.2; Points: 14;

Lexile

Level 680L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Greenwillow

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Eccentrics and eccentricities, Family life, Friendship, Explorers, Museums, Humorous stories,

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