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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Greenwillow Books Publication Date: He forms an alliance with two other lost Homeward Bounders—bitter, powerful Helen and demon-hunter Joris—and takes a desperate chance, hoping that the three wanders can find a way back to their home worlds at last.
Beyond the wall, he can see the familiar, noisy city, but he can’t hear a single sound. One of these items ships sooner homewrd the other.
The boundere of the Prometheus figure who is a Titan in this story as wellfamous for his struggle against the gods, suggests that They should perhaps be thought of as such. The characters were a little less interesting than I remember, but there is certainly an identifiable amount of diversity, which is somewhat atypical of a kids book of the time.
He wise beyond his years because he has lived many lifetimes between his twelfth birthday and his thirteenth. Twelve year old Jamie is a normal ‘s boy his family run a gomeward, though his mother has aspirations for him to get enducated and be a doctor. Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.
His hope of ever returning home crushed, he returns to the mysterious entity chained to a rock, and inadvertently frees him, as only one without hope can free him. And if I had the time, I could definitely come up with an entry for every one of her books. I think it is one of Jones’s best actually. Not wanting to lose it, he climbs the wall and finds himself in a strange garden. Don’t have a Kindle?
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Diana Wynne Jones has a real talent for inventing worlds and telling a story. It can take more than one read through to get all the insight but it is well worth it. They have no regard for lives. The diverse environments, languages, homewrad social structures are realistic as are Jamie’s struggles to adjust to each.
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When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London. I mean, I loved it. I am delighted to see Diana Wynne Jones’ books appearing on Kindle.
They are ruthless in pursuit of the game they are playing. We have no further use for you in play. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
Because he interrupted Their game, he was thrown out of the house. They catch the kid spying on Them while they’re playing, and as punishment cast him out into a collection of alternate worlds, which it turns out are all these alternate realities manipulated by Themas Their form of amusing game.
Kirkus Reviews considered it to be “elaborate and intricate” and a “chilly scenario”, recommending it for “admirers of cerebral puzzle-fantasy”. It is a farce with a large cast of homeeward, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies; sex, politics, and news.
I loved him and liked the book, even though I did cry a little for Jamie at the end – the plot twist seemed very hard on him, but at the same time the game ‘they’ were playing was too cruel to expect anything else. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
As he tells his tale little things about Them the players are revealed, and what is revealed is rather chilling.
Okay, maybe I wouldn’t consider that such a profound message if I found it in a grownup book I’d be reading today, but for kids’ fantasy fiction, that is some pretty heady stuff, am I right??!
Because the kid discovered the players behind the curtain, he is forced to become a Homeward Bounder, doomed to scramble around between the worlds, trying to find his way back to his own home.
I still have my own tattered, much-loved and often transported collection of mostly first editions of the books right beside my computer at home. Everyone is returned to their respective home worlds, except for Jamie. 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”. In this book the story revolves around a young lad, Jamie, that discovers that our ‘world’ is basically a big boardgame for aliens – I’m thinking something like Risk or at least how I understand that game is played but because he discovers this he is cast out from his word and cursed to walk the Bounds cross between the worlds until he finds his Home again.
She also accomplishes the enviable feat of producing a book that can be read by anybody from the age of 10 or 12 hmoeward up with equal enjoyment. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! To curious to leave it alone Jamie makes his was into Their house and discovers he has just become a random piece the game They are playing.
It will make another safeguard against Them. She has a gift – she can change her right arm into anything at all for instance, an elephant trunk or a snake.