World's End
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World's End

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by Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski
     
 

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Ever since returning from Dormia, Alfonso has enjoyed sleeping in a bed like a
normal person. No more waking up at the top of a tree or the edge of a cliff. In fact,
no sleepwalking at all. But then, while visiting France on a class trip, Alfonso feels that strange and
familiar pull of sleep. Upon waking, he finds himself in the belly of a ship

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Ever since returning from Dormia, Alfonso has enjoyed sleeping in a bed like a
normal person. No more waking up at the top of a tree or the edge of a cliff. In fact,
no sleepwalking at all. But then, while visiting France on a class trip, Alfonso feels that strange and
familiar pull of sleep. Upon waking, he finds himself in the belly of a ship headed
to Egypt. In his backpack are a few old books and a vial of medicine he stole while
asleep. Something is calling Alfonso back to Dormia. Perhaps it’s the Founding Tree? Or
perhaps it's the man he sees in his dreams—the one who looks just like his deceased
father? Whatever it is, Alfonso is powerless to resist.

Storytellers Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski take Alfonso on another fantastical
quest to Dormia—and beyond—to a vast underground world that holds the answer
to a terrifying message: Let me tell you of a dark shadow tree and the world's end.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In the fine tradition of Tolkien and George Lucas, the authors spin a hero tale in the midst of a mysterious land where characters make difficult decisions motivated by myriad causes. . .This second cliff-hanger tale of Dormia will delight fans of the first book and leave them chomping at the bit for the next installment."—VOYA

"The mystery of a sleep-walking hero and his missing father, World's End will keep you wide awake, turning pages late into the night. Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski have fashioned a globe-trotting adventure filled with the kind of masterful plot twists and nail-biting suspense that young fantasy readers dream of."—Katherine Marsh, author of the Edgar-award winning The Night Tourist "Readers, teachers, and parents, get on board! Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski take
their characters on another wild ride in the second installment of the Dormia series
entitled World’s End. If you loved the first book, the second book is going to blow your
mind! The stakes are higher, the powers are more spectacular, and the journey brings
you to breathtaking lands that are sure to delight the imagination. For readers of the
Dormia series, this return visit with old friends is a welcome reunion to be cherished and
celebrated with the addition of more eccentric characters that will make you laugh out
loud! For new readers, this series will have you hooked as you are whisked away to far
away places on an epic expedition that gets more thrilling with the turn of every page.
For reluctant readers, the action-packed, intense plot twists and turns until you feel like
you are living an extreme sport with the characters. For teachers who are searching for
models of setting description, they are sure to find descriptive narratives that will inspire
and thrill their students. Halpern and Kujawinski are masters of description! As you
can see, there is something in this book for everyone. And as you draw nearer to the
conclusion of this book, you will find yourself begging for more!"—Rick Hribko, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher at East Shore Middle School

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Do you sleepwalk? Could be you are actually from Dormia, a country nestled in the Ural Mountains, where people do their best work when they are sound asleep. Alfonso discovered in the first book of this series, Dormia, that he is the land's Great Sleeper. He saved people from dying by bringing a new Founding Tree. But now new problems confront the country, and Alfonso is once again lured home to save not only Dormia but his long-lost father, too. Though the series will make great fantasy movies, this book was a chore to read. The writing is stilted and frequently repetitive, so the mechanics of the plot are hard to follow. For example, it was hard to distinguish when the protagonists were asleep and when they were awake. Writers are berated at conferences and in writing classes to avoid adverbs, yet this book is filled with them, and the narrative often "tells" rather than "shows" the action. On the other hand, the play on sleep-related words is fun and inventive. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
VOYA - Mary Ann Darby
The second book of the Dormia series resumes the adventures of Alfonso Perplexon, Great Sleeper and now fifteen, who has been sleeping normally until he goes on a school field trip to the catacombs of Paris. There he falls asleep and finds himself in the midst of another quest. This time it is visions of his presumed-dead father and a strange hexagonal hole in the ground that spur him on to return to Dormia. Back in the company of his uncle Hill, Bilblox and his seeing-eye-wolf, and a now-beautiful Resuza, Alfonso is plunged into a mysterious journey on the underground Fault Roads in an attempt to find the Dormian city of Jasber on the trail of both the escaped Kiril and perhaps his father, Leif Perplexon. But as the friends near Jasber, they are separated. All find themselves in dire straits as the story closes, and the world above is likewise in danger. Halpern and Kujawinski develop both the characters and mythology of Dormia more fully this time, especially the older and wiser Alfonso. In the fine tradition of Tolkien and George Lucas, the authors spin a hero tale in the midst of a mysterious land where characters make difficult decisions motivated by myriad causes: vengeance in the case of Kiril, honor in the case of Bilblox, and family in the case of Alfonso. This second cliff-hanger tale of Dormia will delight fans of the first book and leave them chomping at the bit for the next installment. Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Sleepwalking hero Alfonso Perplexon is on a school trip to France. It's been three quiet years since the 15-year-old discovered that he is a Great Sleeper of the land of Dormia, capable of heroic feats that he would never attempt in waking life. Suddenly, he awakens to discover that he has stowed away on a ship bound for Alexandria, Egypt. Upon arrival, he finds a strange clue in an ocean cave, narrowly escapes an attempt on his life, and reunites with his old friend Bilblox, a tough, now-blind longshoreman with a seeing-eye wolf. Alfonso wants to go back to Dormia, though he's not quite sure why. Might his long-missing father still be alive? Gradually, the details of his latest quest become clear-he must journey underground to try to find the ancient Dormian city of Jasber. Accompanied by his uncle Hill, his friend Resuza (who is now taller and much more attractive), and Bilblox, Alfonso embarks on an expedition that involves constant danger and a villainous enemy. Intricately developed and interweaving plotlines, strong characterizations, and a zestfully imagined fantasy world make for a pleasurably meandering and satisfying read. Fans of the first book will enjoy this second volume, and the story's cliff-hanger ending will have them impatiently awaiting the next installment.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
Kirkus Reviews

Further developing the credibility-stretching premise of Dormia (2009)—that the narcoleptic residents of a secret country are more active when asleep than awake—this sequel carries heavy-lidded half-Dormian Alfonso on a circuitous route from the catacombs of Paris to the icy Urals in pursuit both of his father and an evil 600-year-old hemophiliac superwarrior. Along with folding in many flashbacks and references to the previous episode, the authors strew the plotscape with mysterious magic boxes and balls, giant "snow snakes" and huge trees that forcibly put Alfonso to sleep any time the plot needs him to do something he normally wouldn't or couldn't. A point of view that freely switches among characters drains the dramatic tension—Alfonso's long-missing father, for instance, suddenly shows up in his own subplot halfway through. Needed gear is always conveniently at hand, and much of the action either takes place offstage or is described like this: "...at the moment that the dagger pricked Alfonso's shirt, he moved his torso so forcefully and suddenly that the man fell to the floor." Fantasy fans can find better with their eyes closed. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547480374
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Series:
Dormia Series, #2
Pages:
487
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"In the fine tradition of Tolkien and George Lucas, the authors spin a hero tale in the midst of a mysterious land where characters make difficult decisions motivated by myriad causes. . .This second cliff-hanger tale of Dormia will delight fans of the first book and leave them chomping at the bit for the next installment."—VOYA

"The mystery of a sleep-walking hero and his missing father, World's End will keep you wide awake, turning pages late into the night. Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski have fashioned a globe-trotting adventure filled with the kind of masterful plot twists and nail-biting suspense that young fantasy readers dream of."—Katherine Marsh, author of the Edgar-award winning The Night Tourist "Readers, teachers, and parents, get on board! Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski take their characters on another wild ride in the second installment of the Dormia series entitled World’s End. If you loved the first book, the second book is going to blow your mind! The stakes are higher, the powers are more spectacular, and the journey brings you to breathtaking lands that are sure to delight the imagination. For readers of the Dormia series, this return visit with old friends is a welcome reunion to be cherished and celebrated with the addition of more eccentric characters that will make you laugh out loud! For new readers, this series will have you hooked as you are whisked away to far away places on an epic expedition that gets more thrilling with the turn of every page.
For reluctant readers, the action-packed, intense plot twists and turns until you feel like you are living an extreme sport with the characters. For teachers who are searching for models of setting description, they are sure to find descriptive narratives that will inspire and thrill their students. Halpern and Kujawinski are masters of description! As you can see, there is something in this book for everyone. And as you draw nearer to the conclusion of this book, you will find yourself begging for more!"—Rick Hribko, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher at East Shore Middle School

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Meet the Author

Jake Halpern is a journalist and author born in 1975. His book, Braving Home was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was a Library Journal Book of the Year. He is a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered and This American Life. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Slate, Smithsonian, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, New York Magazine, and other publications. He is a fellow of Morse College at Yale University, where he teaches a class on writing.

When he isn't writing, Peter is a Foreign Serice Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Over the last ten years, he's lived in Israel, Haiti, and France. Currently, he is assigned to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Peter attended both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has published commentary in the International Herald Tribune. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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World's End (Dormia Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and cant stop reading!
Hyunjin Lim More than 1 year ago
I meet the author and he encouraged me to read the first book. I couldn't stop reading!! I read the first book 3 times.
fluffy12 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book I thought since the first one was so good this one would be too. And i was totally right!
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"World's End," by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinksi is the second book in the wonderfully suspenseful Dormia series. Packed full of action and mystery, this book keeps the reader quickly turning the pages as they wonder what will happen next. A fantastic installment!
lf98 More than 1 year ago
I read the book one of the series and loved it, i even wrote a review about it, marked as the best book i have ever read, i just started this book, and soon will be finishing it, this is a must buy squeal to the dormia series, amazing book that leaves you biting your nails at the edge of your seat! MUST READ SERIES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most amazing series ever only thing is that the end is really suspensefull. Ready for the 3 book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book! But the first book is better. I'm looking forward to book three!
Nancy McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
Awesome book whats the next one called
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Schuyler Dunmyer More than 1 year ago
this book astounded me as it was infinitley better than the first one if this pace continues id die for the third book
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Fifteen-year-old Alphonso has this problem with deep sleep and sleep walking. Lots of people have it, but how many of them are able to swim when they are asleep? And where is his sleepwalking taking him? This adventure is fantastic. The authors have written a story of great breadth and depth that can satisfy an adult and will cement a child's interest in this hidden world and the characters they read about. I missed the first book in this series, but I won't miss the next. This is a quest of ancient times and the stakes are high. Alphonso simply wants to find his father. The people he meets in the Kingdom of Dormia want to use him to further their own goals. And the enemy is a 600 hundred year old Dormian that has his own agenda - which conflicts with the rest of Dormians. There are also Dragoonya horsemen, who are nobody's friend. The land is unforgiving; there are strange animals, outlaws and even snow snakes. Even though Alphonso is travelling with friends, there is still danger all about. The story is fast paced, the characters varied, and each person in the story has a different motivation for their actions. Some needs merge, some conflict. You just keep turning the pages to see who will reach their goal first and what will happen to the hidden kingdom as a result. This book takes you up to the edge of a cliff and then stops; the next book in the series will continue the story. There are so many characters to care about in the story, I know I'll be reading the next book to see what further complications the authors create. It's a complex tale, but there is no problem following along and I really enjoyed it. Anyone with an interest in fantasy and adventure will enjoy this tale. Originally Posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
ashley19AF More than 1 year ago
havent read this one yet, but jake haplern came to our school so i bought a signed copy of dormia, the 1st book in this series, and i loved it!!! jake halpern and Peter Kujawinski are awesome authors!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More action packed than the first... IF YOU THINK BACON TASTES GOOD SAY "I"
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The last three years of Alfonso Perplexon's life have been quiet. In fact, his life has been almost too calm. Ever since he returned to World's End, Minnesota, from saving his father's home country of Dormia, he has been "normal." However, that's all about to change. When a group of students from his high school visits the catacombs in Paris, his sleepwalking abilities reawaken, and he is thrust into a new mystery. The pull of the Founding Tree first leads Alfonso to a hexagonal hole under Paris, where he meets another sleeper from Dormia and is told about a dark force that may be rising. Later, while sleeping, he stows away aboard a Romanian ship heading to Egypt. Slowly and inextricably, Alfonso is being drawn back into the affairs of Dormia. This time, there is a stronger link to his father, whom everyone believes is dead. When a Dragoonya guard tells Alfonso that the Dormians have imprisoned his father, Alfonso has no choice but to find out why. Readers who enjoyed the first book in the DORMIA series will once again relish following along on Alfonso's globe-hopping adventures. Halpern and Kujawinski introduce a variety of new characters this time around, but also bring back many of the lovable cast from the first book. WORLD'S END is a well-written book with a complex plot, exotic settings, and a likeable group of misfit characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother has been obsessed with thus book fir a long tme now, but when he finally lent it t me, I must confess that I was disappointed
aceSG More than 1 year ago
I liked it but i think it ended to soon.
Erica Lane More than 1 year ago
I didnt even want to finish it. The characters were so unemotionally connected that the dialogue was just awful. The action scenes wer so focused on minor details like ' how many feet away the boat was' than th actual scene! Very weak. First book was way better.