''The Homeward Bounders'' is a novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones. A boy is exiled from 19th-century England and forced to wander through multiple alternate universes.

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!!Tropes include:

* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: ''They'' are defeated, but Jamie has to keep wandering from one world to another, watching his friends age and die around him, in order to keep 'the real place' everywhere.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Helen.
* DemonSlaying: Konstam and Joris.
* FlyingDutchman: All the main characters; additionally, the actual Flying Dutchman and Wandering Jew are minor characters.
* GameTropes: This book contains many examples, most notably War Gaming and chance games.
* GenreSavvy: Adam, and to a lesser extent Helen: "I am a cleric and magic user."
* HappinessInSlavery: Joris is Type I of this - although he hated the concept of being a slave, Konstam treated him very well, and Joris liked working for him. Turns out [[spoiler:Joris' owners hated slavery and were planning to free him as soon as they could.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Helen again.
* MadeASlave: Joris was at a rather young age.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: It's suggested that this is what will happen to Jamie and Helen at the end.]]
* TheMultiverse
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Jamie.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Jamie, at the end.
* TheTropeWithoutATitle: The antagonists are just called ''They''.
* {{Tsundere}}: Helen, all the way.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Though they're promised that finding their way Home breaks the curse to wander. [[spoiler: Jamie can, but gets there 100 years too late and no longer fits in, making this also StrangerInAFamiliarLand. ]]
* WalkingTheEarth: Walking the ''multiverse''.
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