The Doldrums

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Author: Gannon, Nicholas
Grades: 5 - 8
Fairly clean series about three friends and their adventures

Comments are explicit and detailed and are intended for parents to use to determine acceptability for their children. Please read comments - do not rely on ratings alone. Books are reviewed to the best of our abilities, we apologize for any errors.

Review Date Title Rating Mini Series Series No. Comments
08/05/2022 The Doldrums Book One Acceptable
Archer Helmsley and his two friends are determined to find Archer's missing grandparents. Their plans are foiled by some hilarious mishaps.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
One of the main characters of the trio is a girl, but her relationship to the boys is simply as a friend.
Middos
An exceptionally "clean" book, but the characters do lie to each other and their parents, although they eventually admit the truth.
07/27/2022 The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse Generally Acceptable 2
Archer Helmsley, with the help of his friends, tries to discover why a scientific society, and his town, has turned against his grandparents, who were once respected explorers. Very acceptable language, some boy/girl situations but not explicit at all, set in the environment of the Xmas holiday but no religious ritual mentioned
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Some boy/girl references but not vulgar in any way
Language
Surprisingly clean language (for 2017!)
Violence
Some violent or threatening scenes, but not gory or fatal