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The Homeward Bounders

Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Reviewer: Grade 8

The Homeward Bounders is about a boy named Jamie who lives in the 19th century. One day, he stumbles on the mysterious Them, playing Their games. They catch him, and throw him out to the boundaries of the world, to be transported from world to world until he finds the way back to his own city. Along the way, he meets other Homeward Bounders, and realizes that there are rules that They have to play by. He forms an alliance with two other Homeward Bounders, cynical, cold Helen and Joris, a demon hunter. Together they find a way to overthrow Them, and find a way home. The Homeward Bounders was, despite the very confusing plot, a good book. After the 2nd or 3rd time reading it, you start to understand enough of what is happening to be able to enjoy the book. Like Jones’s other books, The Homeward Bounders was very original, and fun to read, once you understood it. Out of 10 stars, I’d give this book a 7.5.