In this brilliant debut novel for children in the middle grades,The Doldrums, Nicholas Gannon introduces readers to the adventures, sometimes accidental, of an eccentric young dreamer named Archer B. Helmsley and his two equally eccentric friends. Nicholas Gage, the author of this book had a strong idea of making this book full of adventures and a good read for kids. The book itself falls into the category of Fantasy Fiction. If I rated this book I would give it a 5/5. My overall opinion on this book is that it made me laugh numerous times throughout this book and I would definitely recommend this book for all ages.
Archer is growing up in a home filled with the magnificent collection of oddities owned by his grandparents, renowned explorers and adventurers Ralph and Rachel Helmsley. He is stuck inside of his own house not able to get out because of his parents. They do not want Archer to be like his grandparents and go of exploring when times are difficult for their family. Although he's never met them (except for the day of his birth), Archer's mother and father quickly recognize that he may be more like his grandparents than they prefer. "Some parents may wonder, How do we know we have the right one? after bringing their child home from the hospital. If Mr. and Mrs. Helmsley had such thoughts of their own, they were quickly extinguished. From the very beginning, Archer showed all the signs of being a Helmsley." This quote explained how they knew Archer was indeed a Helmsley and how the parents knew about it. From his age of birth he has always to talked to his stuffed animals. With his imagination he thinks that they are indeed human beings and treats them like them.
If someone was reading this book for the first time, they might connect to James Bond movies because he travels the world and that is exactly what Archer plans to do when he gets older. Nicholas Gannon is now a well known author with his award winning book. The type of reader that may enjoy this book is someone who is into adventures and makes sure to read every single sentence in this action packed book.