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Dormia (Dormia #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  740 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Introducing Alfonso Perplexon, hero of the epic fantasy tale Dormia!

Alfonso Perplexon is an unusual sleeper. He climbs trees, raises falcons, even shoots deadly accurate arrows, all in his sleep. No one can figure out why.
Then one evening a man arrives at Alfonso’s door, claiming to be Alfonso’s long-lost uncle Hill. This uncle tells a fantastical tale: Alfonso’s ancestors
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 24th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published May 4th 2009)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for

Alfonso Perplexon is not just any kid. He does things in his sleep that most people can't do.

For example, he wakes up in the top branches of a tree. Unfortunately, he has a harder time getting down when he is awake than he had climbing it when he was asleep. One morning, when he climbs down from his tree, he meets a stranger named Kiril, who understands his sleepwalking abilities and warns him of an adventure that he may soon undertake.

Not long
Lyndsey Lewellen
For most people, sleeping is, well, sleeping. Not much happens besides an occasional mumble and a strange dream. But for 12 year old Alfonso Perplexon, its when he sleeps that he truly comes alive. He climbs trees, grows peculiar plants, and many other things his waking self could never do. Alfonso soon discovers he's a Dormian--an ancient race of extreme sleep walkers. His journey back to his ancestor's land of Dormia is filled with action, puzzles, and plot twists.

The only reason I gave this b
Nana S.
Dec 11, 2012 Nana S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A while back I read a book called Dormia by Jake Halpern. In the book Alfonso Perplexon is an weird sleeper. He climbs trees, tightrope walks, and shoots arrows all in his sleep. No one can figure out why. Then one day a man arrives at Alfonso’s door, saying he's Alfonso’s dads brother and his his long lost uncle Hill that he never knew about. Uncle Hill tells him the reason he does amazing things is because Alfonso’s ancestors come from a magical land called Dormia. A long forgott
Dormia is a about a boy who lives in World's End and that has a special power that let's him do stuff in his sleep he wouldn't normally do it awake. He got this special power by his father before he passed away. He does this crazy stuff but when he wakes up, he does not remember a single thing that he did. Then one sudden he noticed that he planted a plant in his Garden, it was different than any other plant, it glowed and it changed color. He didn't what it is but other traveler went to his hou ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Sadie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yo Yo Yo this book is a heck no

Tried to read it and never finished. Won't be trying again. Hate it. Goodbye.
Jun 01, 2009 Tron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! It is absolutely amazing. It is by far my favorite book EVER. I am so sad it is over I can't wait for the second book. This book is good for ages 12-90. I am so happy this book caught my eye at the store.

The cover art is wicked awesome; the book was not so much. It was a pleasant read, but not a particularly compelling one and I felt that there were too many plot holes and elements that weren't thought through all the way (Ash granules that will dissolve into your eye, but can be kept safely in a pocket--wouldn't the ash just mash into the fabric? A river big enough to row a boat on, inside a tree root? I mean, I wasn't a biology major and I know this is a magic tree, but...and how could the roo ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Everett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everett Brown
Mr. Herman
Issues in Nonfiction
7 January 2015
Overall, Dormia is a Good Book
Imagine going to sleep in a warm, comfy bed, only to wake up standing on a branch of a fifty-foot pine tree on a mountain. For Alfonso Perplexon this is a reality. Dormia is a book about a young boy with mysterious powers that grant him a heightened sense of agility, strength, intellect, and overall skill, but only while he is asleep. The characters were all very different and engaging, the setting was very w
Into this new series and off my library reads for a while as this was recommended by a friend and even lent from their personal library--understanding the depth and magnitude of lending out a book as there are a lot of "forgetful" people in the world and you end up losing so many books LOL but yea so I was honored and excited to read this and welp it was Young Adult fiction fantasy that read like an epic saga or odyssey as there were so many tests and challenges and twists and turns--yea I was n ...more
Travis Mueller
I had this as a suspended hold in my library account since 2010. I've been trying to actually read the books I've put holds on. I don't remember why I have a hold on this one. I thought maybe it had been a recommendation from the webcomic Unshelved but I was unable to find confirmation that it was one of their book club books. Barring that I think maybe I just stumbled across it when I returned to working at the library after living in Japan and thought it looked interesting. It probably isn't a ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alfonso is cursed with a strange kind of sleepwalking. Where other people might find themselves walking down a street, he finds himself climbing trees or tightrope-walking power lines. He can't figure out why his sleeping-self does so many crazy things, but when his sleeping-self grows a mysterious plant, he finds himself on a wild adventure across the globe. The plant he has grown is a rare bloom that must be planted in its home city before its parent tree dies, or hundreds of people who depend ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible!!!! Do not listen to any other review telling you otherwise!!! Dormia's cover art is to die for but the book reads as if it was written by an eight year old. The characters have no personality at all. The people in this book seem to be going from task to task without any opinion or emotions toward what they are doing. The plot is shifty and throughout the whole thing the author changes their mind many different times so that facts contradict each other. The whole thing is w ...more
Grace D.
Dec 03, 2012 Grace D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading Dormia by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski so far, the main character Alfonso has woken up in a pine tree in the middle of a forest swarmed with falcons. i love this book because it has the perfect amount of fantasy where it dose not make any sense (example:flying unicorns eating a rainbow)but just enough to be fun. so far this book is very fast paced with Alfonso learning that he is the only person who can save this place called dormia, and this unusual man who wants his plant.
Sep 28, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If possible, I'd probably give this 3.5 stars--it didn't quite make it to 4 for me, but it's still better than a number of books I've rated as average. I think the one downside to me is that it took me a long time to become invested in the characters and the reasoning for the plot movement. (So, it was slow-going through about half of the book.) I also feel like a few of the characters were left sadly blank-faced (Resuza, for example), though others were uniquely likable and well-rounded (the ma ...more
The premise seemed pretty awesome, but the (place) names a little hokey, until I realized that they did fit quite well. This was a fun adventure story, but it got a bit confusing with the number of characters towards the end (perhaps that's why a few of them were killed off?), and I wish there had been enough storyline to at least get the main character back to his mother.
Daniel  O
Oct 24, 2012 Daniel O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book! You should all read it
Paul Abulu
May 16, 2009 Paul Abulu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a really interesting book
Humza Imam
Jan 03, 2015 Humza Imam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dormia is a novel filled with excitement. It is action packed, with the rising action brilliantly leading up to a thrilling climax. The authors used vivid description to make the adventure even more worth while. My one problem with the story is that the characters did not show much emotion, so you don' feel anything when a character exits the story in whatever way. That is the only thing I can think of to take away from the outstanding experience this book gave me. It will sit on my shelf and be ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
12 year old Alfonso sleep walks, but he doesn’t do normal sleepwalking things like walking into closets or making himself a sandwich. When Alfonso wakes up from sleepwalking he can be miles from his house, he can even be at the top of a tree precariously balanced on branches not meant to support his weight. It’s Alphonso’s challenge when he wakes up to figure out where he is and how to get home…without breaking any bones or getting arrested.

Alfonso also has a green thumb. He’s been tending a mys
Feb 05, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book came to visit our school a few years ago, but I couldn't find this book at the library and forgot about it. Finally got a copy a few weeks ago and dug in.

What I loved about this book was how different it was from other fantasy books. As with many fantasy adventures, there's a quest to a far-off place and some backstory mythology along the way, but the far-off place was quite unusual, and the skill that the inhabitants of this place share is an original one. The book start
Feb 14, 2012 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Roberts
What do you do in YOUR sleep? Do you sleep soundly? Do you dream? Do you sleepwalk? Do you fix clocks? If it's the last two, then perhaps you are a Dormian-in-waiting... perhaps you might even be the next Great Sleeper.

Dormians are best noted for their abilities while sleeping. They don't waste time, as soon as they are asleep their sleeping selves get busy with their own specialties. They are just as productive when they are awake. In fact they make the rest of us look like sloths. Alfonso know
Sierra Abrams

Alfonso has never really fit in at his hometown of World's End, Minnesota. While other kids are nestled in bed, sleeping soundly, Alfonso is asleep, but, well...he sleep-walks. He could walk a tight-rope in his sleep, or climb the tallest tree in hundreds of miles, or fix a broken clock. Or randomly put together a complicated concoction to grow a plant that has color changing leaves. He's done all of these things, including the last one. And that seems to be th
Alfonso walks in his sleep and climbs trees and does amazing things. He never knows where he is going to wake up. One day a man shows up at Alfonso's home in World's End, Minnesota claiming to be his long lost uncle Hill. Hill tells Alfonso that he comes from a people who lives deep in the Ural Mountains in a place called Dormia. In Dormia everyone does things in their sleep. And they are all dependent on the Founding Tree to survive. The Founding Tree is dying and Alfonso just happens to have g ...more
Karen Ball
Alfonso Perplexon has lived in the tiny, average town of World's End, Minnesota his entire life, with his mother and grandfather. He's not your average kid, though -- every time he goes to sleep, he ends up climbing trees or power lines. Alphonso's Uncle Hill appears, and tells him a wild story about the tiny and gravely endangered kingdom of Dormia, hidden deep in the Ural Mountains of Europe. Dormia is home to those who have "wakeful sleeping" abilities, and it is dependent upon the existence ...more
Nate Fuller
Sep 30, 2012 Nate Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dormia is a story about a boy named Alfonso and is by Jake Halpern. Alfonso finds that his dead father is from a place in the Ural Mountains on the other side of the world called Dormia when his long-lost uncle Hill comes to his house. Alfonso has a strange ability to do things nearly impossible for any ordinary human...while asleep. He can tightrope walk along a telephone pole wire and climb a 50-foot tall tree when he is asleep. For some reason, though, he has no control over what his sleepin ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gave the feel of something along the lines of the Secret of Droon series (remember that?), complete with interesting weapons (bouncy ball of dooooom!) and funny names (Purcheezie!). But all in all, this is a book aimed at middle-schoolers, and I think it does a smashing job of it.

First of all, this book is about how cool some people are in sleep. They enter this state where they're more agile and stuff. So if you don't like reading books in which the coolest things happen in sleep, forget a
Bodhi K.
Jan 31, 2013 Bodhi K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I recently read Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski's Dormia. This book is about a young boy named Alphonso. There is an ancient city called Dormia and the Dormians live by a Founding Tree. If the Founding Tree is burned down, it makes a purple ash. If you put the purple ash in your eyes you can look in the future and you get addicted to it. Then the tree never grows bacck and all the people who live in that area freeze and die. If I was in the city and someone burns down the tree and I
Jul 26, 2009 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across Dormia because my friend Dan Kujawinski (he went to high school with Joan), is the brother of one of the authors. And i'm so glad I did because this was such a fun book. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days!

Dormia has everything you could want in a young person's book: adventure, imaginative worlds, and subtle, yet powerful moral lessons. The writing also flows incredibly well - an amazing feat for a co-authored book.

Dormia evokes classics like Lord of the Rings (the
Of the five recently published youth fantasies that I have just finished reading in tandem, this one demonstrated the most imaginative strides away from the norm. The authors (and there are two despite what the heading I'm looking at now indicates)imagine a society that has learned to draw upon the power of sleep. Their protagonist, Alfonso, is faced with a quest that takes him halfway around the world to face an extraordinary heritage. In a situation where he is told to trust no one and where f ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fairly good book, but I won't give it more than that. The authors obviously had a lot of fun writing it, but it was also written rather awkwardly. I'm sorry, but the whole thing with Alfonso and Resuza liking each other totally failed, and the dialogue was stiff and unrealistic. Also notice that whenever the characters run into a poblem, there just happens to be a convenient solution. There was very little feeling, too. As for the whole sleep walking thing, it was fascinating, but it w ...more
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