World's End

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Something is calling Alphonso back to Dormia!

Ever since he returned from Dormia, Alfonso Perplexon has enjoyed sleeping like a normal person. No dropping off to sleep in the middle of school. No waking up at the top of a tree. In fact, no sleepwalking at all. But on a class trip to France, his sleeping self takes over and he finds himself doing things his wakeful self would never do—like stowing away on a ship headed for Egypt.

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Overview

Something is calling Alphonso back to Dormia!

Ever since he returned from Dormia, Alfonso Perplexon has enjoyed sleeping like a normal person. No dropping off to sleep in the middle of school. No waking up at the top of a tree. In fact, no sleepwalking at all. But on a class trip to France, his sleeping self takes over and he finds himself doing things his wakeful self would never do—like stowing away on a ship headed for Egypt.

Something is calling him back to Dormia. With only a backpack, some books, and a feeling of dread, Alfonso sets off once again.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547577197
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 487
  • Sales rank: 342,685
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

When he isn't writing, Peter Kujawinski is a Foreign Serice Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Over the last ten years, he's lived in Israel, Haiti, France, and New York City, where he was part of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Currently he is taking a sabatical until in August 2010 in order to help promote the Dormia books and write. Peter attended both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has published commentary in the International Herald Tribune. He currently lives Haiti.
 
Jake Halpern is a reporter whose pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Smithsonian, and Sports Illustrated. He is also a correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered. Jake lives in New Haven, CT.
 
You can visit Peter and Jake on Facebook and at the Dormia web site, www.worldofdormia.com.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great!

    One of the best books I have ever read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Amazing

    I love this book and cant stop reading!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

    Awesome!!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    AWESOMENESS

    This is a terrific book I thought since the first one was so good this one would be too. And i was totally right!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Favorite book EVER

    Awsome book! But the first book is better. I'm looking forward to book three!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    EXCITING

    More action packed than the first... IF YOU THINK BACON TASTES GOOD SAY "I"

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Cool

    Awesome book whats the next one called

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Wow

    I liked it but i think it ended to soon.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for TeensReadToo

    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    wow

    this book astounded me as it was infinitley better than the first one if this pace continues id die for the third book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Fantastic Read

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

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    Wonderful and Suspenseful

    "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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Highly Recommended, GREAT SERIES

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    AWESOME SERIES!

    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!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    The Fall of The Celtic Warrior (Scathach) part 3

    The unlikely duo or Dyre and Vampire entered a small spot, Snowy shoving Scatty in before getting in as well. Two taps of Snowy's left foot, three to the right, tap the wall twice with each hand and whisper the destination... and the spot that just so happened to be between four houses, teleported to where Nicholas Flamel and the Twins of Legend were at- Paris, France, below the Eiffel Tower with fireworks. It took them both a moment to realize that they had gone back in time, and Scatty delivered a hearty slap to Snowy's forearm, where a white wolf was tattooed. "Not my fault we ended up here. Your thinking caused it." Snowy muttered, keeping herself from rubbing the tattoo in awe of the fireworks. Scatty rolled her eyes and caught intrest in the fireworks as well. Snowy touched a dragon tattoo on her right elbow, her fire trigger that was rarely used. The scent of cinnamon joined burning leaves, and the sky was adorned with more fireworks. But something more lurked below...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Most amazing series ever only thing is that the end is really suspensefull. Ready for the 3 book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Good ... or is it?

    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

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    bad

    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.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 22, 2011

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    Posted April 16, 2011

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