Archer B. Helmsley longs for adventure. But how can he have an adventure when he can’t even leave his house?Archer B. Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. Archer longs for grand adventures but ever since his grandparents went missing on an iceberg, his mother barely lets him leave the house. So, along with his best friends, Adélaïde L. Belmont and Oliver Grub, Archer forms a plan to get out of the house and set off on a grand adventure with crocodiles and parachutes and danger. It's a good plan. Well, it's not bad, anyway. But nothing goes quite as they expected…
Читать The Doldrums онлайн беплатно
First published in the USA by HarperCollins Publishers Inc in 2015
First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Childrenâs Books 2015
HarperCollins Childrenâs Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,
1 London Bridge Street
London SE1 9GF
The HarperCollins Childrenâs Books website address is
Text and illustrations copyright Â© 2015 by Nicholas Gannon
Nicholas Gannon asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work
A catalogue copy of this book is available from the British Library
All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, down-loaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins.
Source ISBN: 9780008149390
Ebook Edition Â© September 2015 ISBN: 9780008149413
To my mother,
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Out of the thousands of children born every single day, at least one of them will turn out to be a dreamer. And on May the fifth, in room 37E of the maternity ward at Rosewood Hospital, that one child was Archer Benjamin Helmsley. Yes, there was simply no mistaking it. The doctors saw it, the nurses saw it, and much to her chagrin, his mother saw it. Even a pigeon that wandered into the viewing room station saw it.
The young Archer B. Helmsley lay quietly in the maternity ward, staring at the ceiling. He didnât know it was a ceiling. He didnât know what anything was. But Archer lay there all the same, gazing up into that great white nothingness, when all at once, two heads sprouted from nowhere.
âWhy hello there,â said one of the heads. âYou must be Archer.â
âYes,â agreed the second head. âHe truly must be Archer.â
Whether he must be Archer or not, Archer was Archer, but Archer himself didnât know that yet.
âDo you know who we are?â asked the first head.
âHow could he?â said the second. âHeâs only forty-eight hours old.â
The first head agreed. âIn that case, I believe introductions are in order. Iâm your Grandpa Helmsley and thisâthis is your Grandma Helmsley.â
Archer didnât respond because Archer couldnât respond. Thereâs really not much you can do when youâre only forty-eight hours old. But the two heads went on and on about this and that, and Archer looked from one to the other, not understanding a single word. Then a third head sprouted from nowhere and just as quickly, all three disappeared, leaving Archer to stare at the ceiling.
â¦ HELMSLEYS OF 375 WILLOW STREET â¦
Three days later, Archer was released from Rosewood Hospital and carried to a tall, skinny house on a crooked narrow street in a quiet neighborhood of a not-so-quiet city.
Archer was too little to notice that all of the houses on Willow Street were tall and skinny and stacked one next to the other, like a row of tin soldiers. Archer was also too little to know that his house, number 375, was frequently mistaken for a museum. You see, Archerâs house belonged to Archerâs grandparents, the renowned explorers and naturalists Ralph and Rachel Helmsley.
â¦ WANDERING & WONDERING â¦
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.