Nicholas Gannon

THE DOLDRUMS

Written and Illustrated by Nicholas Gannon

Published August 7th, 2015 by HarperCollins

Archer Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. He knows every nook and cranny. He knows them all too well. After all, ever since his grandparents went missing on an iceberg, his mother barely lets him leave the house. 

Archer longs for adventure. Grand adventures, with parachutes and exotic sunsets and interesting characters. But how can he have an adventure when he can't leave his house It helps that he has friends like Adélaïde L. Belmont, who must have had many adventures since she ended up with a wooden leg. (Perhaps a crocodile ate it. Perhaps not.) And Oliver Glub. Oliver will worry about all the details (so that Archer doesn't have to). And so Archer, Adélaïde, and Oliver make a plan. A plan to get out of the house, out of their town entirely. It's a good plan. Well, it's not bad, anyway. But nothing goes quite as they expect.

"A dreamy charmer of a book.” The New York Times

"Amusing, heartwarming, and zany.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Newcomer Gannon reveals himself as a skilled storyteller, both in his writing and artwork”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Gannon’s] warm-toned, fine-lined illustrations, full of delicately quirky details, help carry the offbeat atmosphere and whimsical story.”ALA Booklist

“Warm and witty debut…What begins as an adventure…turns out to be, at its heart, a tale of true friendship.”Shelf Awareness

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 Nicholas Gannon

THE DOLDRUMS AND THE HELMSLEY CURSE

Written and Illustrated by Nicholas Gannon

Published November 7th, 2017 by HarperCollins

Archer Helmsley’s grandparents—the famed explorers who went missing on an iceberg two years ago—are finally coming home. Archer is overjoyed. He has been waiting his whole life to meet his grandparents. Not everyone is rejoicing about the Helmsleys’ return, though. Rumors are flying all around the unusual town of Rosewood. Maybe his grandparents weren’t ever on that iceberg. Maybe they made it all up. And maybe the especially harsh winter is all their fault. Everyone is blaming the Helmsley Curse.

Archer know the rumors are false. There is no curse. His grandparents are being framed.  With his best friends, Oliver and Adélaïde, and their new neighbor, Kana, Archer sets out to rescue his grandparent’s reputation. It will mean unearthing the secrets that a powerful man want to keep hidden, infiltrating the society of explorers in the heart of Rosewood, and braving the blizzard of the century.

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BOB

Written by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Illustrated by Nicholas Gannon

Published May 1st, 2018 by MacMillan

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.

It turns out she’s right.

Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who―or what―he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.

Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.

"Pure enchantment" The New York Times

"MAGICAL." ―The Wall Street Journal

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