The Doldrums

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Greenwillow Books
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6.1 X 8.9 X 1.4 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Nicholas Gannon studied art and design and held a number of odd jobs before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. He has lived in Tennessee, Minnesota, and upstate New York. He now resides in Brooklyn, and he can sometimes be found eavesdropping on curious conversations at the Explorers Club.


"A dreamy charmer of a book, full of clever wordplay that practically demands it be read out loud." -- New York Times Book Review

The Doldrums is delightful! What a wonderful ride of a book! -- Jennifer L. Holm, NY TIMES-bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish

"Amusing, heartwarming, and zany. ... The debut author also provides delicate, full-color illustrations throughout. Readers will eventually sigh in relief with Archer and his friends." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Newcomer Gannon reveals himself as a skilled storyteller, both in his writing and artwork... It's a tender tale of friendship, untapped courage, and accidental adventure, filled with the spirit of exploration." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[Gannon's] warm-toned, fine-lined illustrations, full of delicately quirky details, help carry the offbeat atmosphere and whimsical story. Hand to fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events." -- ALA Booklist

"The art throughout is stunning, moves the story forward, and creates a beautiful package...This whimsical coming-of-age story has a touch of mystery that will endear it to fans of Roald Dahl." -- School Library Journal

"[A] warm and witty debut...What begins as an adventure...turns out to be, at its heart, a tale of true friendship. Each [friend] breaks out of his or her own prison in unusual ways so that together the trio accomplishes far more than they could have on their own." -- Shelf Awareness

"Archer, Adélaïde, and Oliver make the best trio of friends in a middle grade novel since Harry, Hermione, and Ron in the Harry Potter series." -- Clara Martin, Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS

"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll root for them, and when it's over, you'll want to turn the page back to the beginning and read it all over again. This is one of those books that everyone should read." -- Candice Huber, Tubby & Coo's Mid City Book Shop, New Orleans, LA