The Doldrums: 12/20/16
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon is a tween fantasy adventure. Archer B. Hemsley is growing up in his grandparents home left to his parents after they've gone missing, last seen floating on an iceberg. Adelaide L. Belmont, meanwhile, has to retool her life after a freak accident has left her with a wooden leg, unable to dance ballet.
Archer wants to go on an adventure, to do anything but live in his museum house with his over protective parents. Though the book seems to promise that with an elaborate plan of booking passage on the day of the school field trip, the book goes in a different direction completely. Describing the twists and turns would involve too many spoilers to share here.
The book is beautifully illustrated with interiors of the Hemsley home or of Belmont's life in France. The illustrations combined with the description of this museum like brownstone and the missing adventurous grandparents give the book a thematic feeling similar to the Ottoline books by Chris Riddell.