World's End by Peter Kujawinski & Jake Halpern
(Dormia)

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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.

 

About Peter Kujawinski & Jake Halpern

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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.
 
Published November 15, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 501 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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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...

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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.

Dec 13 2010 | Read Full Review of World's End (Dormia)

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