The Homeward Bounders [Diana Wynne Jones] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in. If he finds the right world, Jamie can get Home Jamie stumbled upon the powerful Them playing Their mysterious games, They threw him out to the. Homeward Bounders. In fact, a quick summary of this book might be met with disbelief that this could possibly be a story for children. (I would.

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He has to attempt to find work and fit in. Diana Wynne Jones was a wildly uneven writer.

Oh, thank you for spotlighting The Bounderx Bounders. His life began relatively normal–full of chores, school, and family– until prodded by an insatiable curiosity, he sticks his nose over a wall and drops into an eerily silent garden.

Boujders am terrible at remembering exact lines, even for poetry or songs, where you’d honeward the rhythm or sound would help. Jamie is thrust out of his world after discovering the game. I am definitely enjoying Diana Wynne Jones’ books, and I happened to come across these by chance! Helen is special in her world, but has been exiled because she also discovered too much. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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The Homeward Bounders

The story he tells is cleverly structured and there’s a lot of foreshadowing you can keep your eye out for. And I loved his interactions with the family he cobbles together from the people he meets. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The lack of choice the Bounders have about how long they stay in one place but they do know approximately how long it will be and their lack of choice in where they end up next speaks to it as well.


Even her worst stuff is better than many writers’ best stuff. Since his home is gone, he chooses to continue to wander through the worlds, so as to keep The Real Place in all the worlds, not just in one place, as They did.

Still a children’s book but there is a sadness and deep meaning inside I can’t seem to comprehend. Jamie’s disrespect for boundaries and nosiness get him to stumble into ‘Them’ and ‘their game’, thus being made a Discart and sent on a journey through hundreds of worlds as a ‘Homeward Bounder’, is only hope of escaping the endless circle being to find his way back home along the way. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

Jamie visits all sorts of worlds on his travels, from the modern to the barbaric, from the cheerfully drunk to the miserably warring. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner. With his help, Jamie rallies all the Homeward Bounders, and they make a frontal assault on the main base of Themand destroy many of Them and also Their special place, known as “The Real Place”.

Review of The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones

This one started with a sheer sense of wonder. They use their power to play games — literal table-top games, with boards or cards — with the worlds They rule.


Unaware that his life has completely changed, Jamie climbs out of the garden and tries to go home. I needed to know what happened next. There are Solid 3. My interest level rose exponentially and she was kind enough to send me an old used library copy to read. I found myself re-reading paragraphs quite often to try and make sense of what was happening. Originally published in when war games like Dungeons and Dragons were popular, this would be a great book to give to gamers. Jan 25, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: The Homeward Bounders Embed.

If he can reach his home he may stay, and re-enter play. Jamie is a strong character who teeters on the edge of being a grown up as he has been traveling for so longwhile still retaining enough of the characteristics of a year old to be consistent.

Jones started writing during the mids “mostly to keep my sanity”, when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college.

And then he has to do it again. According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child. I read it in maybe three days.

Much thanks for that. The characters are not a letdown either: