It’s an imaginative quest through strange and exotic lands with an assortment of quirky, fun characters. Just when you think you know where it’s going, it goes somewhere else. Grab the book, fall asleep, and enjoy.”
—D. J. MacHale, author of the New York Times best-selling series Pendragon
by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Ordinary sleepwalkers may wake up in the living room or in the kitchen eating ice cream.
Twelve-year-old Alfonso Perplexon tends to wake up tightrope-walking along a set of power lines or clinging to the top of a massive pine tree.
No one in his hometown of World’s End, Minnesota, has seen anything like it. The doctors are stumped, but one wintry evening an old man arrives at Alfonso’s doorstep with an astounding explanation.
The stranger turns out to be Hill, Alfonso’s long-lost uncle. He spins a wild tale of Dormia, a hidden kingdom whose people have mastered the art of “wakeful sleeping.” Dormia is now in grave danger and its survival depends on a mysterious plant called a Dormian bloom and an unknown hero called the Great Sleeper. Hill suspects that this hero is Alfonso. They must depart for Dormia before it’s too late, all the while evading the dangers that threaten to end their quest and destroy that mythical world forever.
Dormia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; May 2009) is a thrilling adventure, punctuated by original characters, hilarious escapades, and the wonder of imagination. In a unique collaboration unlike anything you’ve heard of (check out the attached interview!), authors Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski have crafted a tale sure to intrigue, inspire, and amaze readers of all ages. And they’ve only just begun . . .
While cowering from a sandstorm on the Sinai Peninsula, Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski began talking about the power of sleep and the kingdom of Dormia. Over the years, the old friends rendezvoused in a number of odd places, including a Paris subway car, a remote canyon in New Mexico, and a tree house in the Berkshires. The result was a much prolonged boyhood—and this book. Mr. Halpern currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut, and Mr. Kujawinski lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Dormia ∑ May 2009 ∑ Ages 10 and up ∑ 512 pages ∑ $17.00 ∑ Fiction
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ∑ Boston, Massachusetts ∑ www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com
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And don’t miss the amazing Dormina website! www.worldofdormia.com