World's End

World's End

by Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski


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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547577197
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Pages: 487
Sales rank: 559,297
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About 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,

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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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.