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Damian Dibben
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Book Description

24 May 2012 The History Keepers (Book 1)

Imagine if you lost your parents - not just in place, but in time.

Jake Djones' mum and dad have gone missing and they could be anywhere in the world - at any time in history. Because the Djones family have an astonishing secret, which for years they've managed to keep - even from each other. They belong to the HISTORY KEEPERS: a secret society which travels through the centuries to prevent evil enemies from meddling with History itself.

In the quest to find his parents, Jake is whisked from 21st Century London to 19th century France, the headquarters of the mysterious History Keepers, where he discovers the truth about his family's disappearance - and the diabolical Prince Zeldt's plan to destroy the world as we know it . . .


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (24 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0552564133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552564137
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Move over Harry Potter, it is time for Jake Djones to take the limelight. Almost too exciting for bedtime reading" (Daily Telegraph)

"Dibben makes gleeful use of the timetravel aspect to bring characters from different historical periods into a contemporary setting . . . It's playful, inventive and full of delightfully nerdy jokes and asides. Perfect for fans of Horrible Histories and Percy Jackson" (Eimear Ryan Inis)

"There are desperate chases and hair-raising escapes and Errol Flynn-style swordfights, complicated traps like the puzzle pictures of MC Escher, a complete 16th-century Venetian travelogue and more comical or eccentric secondary characters than you could shake a wand at" (Tony Bradman Guardian)

"If you've got Harry Potter withdrawal, The History Keepers is just the thing. A cocktail of time travel, secret societies, double agents and edge-of-your-seat excitement, it's sure to fill that fantasy void. The only problem? You won't be able to put it down" (Glamour)

"This is an utterly rambunctious read, full of swashbuckling adventure . . . There's a great deal of humour, too . . . The whole thing has great heart and highspiritedness" (The Bookbag)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
In all honesty, I was hooked on this book from just the synopsis but I feel I should make a note here about why. I did not like studying history in school, not because I found it boring but because I found it difficult. Remembering all the different dates, names, and events just wasn't something that came naturally to me but I was still fascinated by the subject. (Film history in my first year of uni is still one of my favourite subjects). I love the idea of what went on before us. I love historical films and plays but I have never really found a history book that really grabbed at me. Then I read this synopsis and I knew that it sounded like the perfect book to me. Time travelling is definitely an intriguing concept in itself but the way that Damian portrays it within this book was astounding, creative and truly captured my attention. With the synopsis bringing me in to the story, the story itself spoke volumes within me. It was fast-paced, action-packed and so compelling that I found it extremely hard to actually put it down.

Jake Djones is your ordinary fourteen year old boy, until he learns that his parents are missing but not just in modern day, but somewhere, anywhere, in history. They work for an organisation called The History Keepers who travel through time to keep history the same as it has always been known. Jake is quickly thrust into a world that he struggles to comprehend but a very curious nature, a strong, protective and passion filled heart compel him to surge forward and go above and beyond what is expected of him to save his parents. I loved Jake. I liked how he didn't listen to orders and did what he felt was right, I loved that he followed his heart, that he was smarter than he gave himself credit for and I just enjoyed the journey that he took himself on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites!! 6 May 2012
By Ailbhe
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I throughly enjoyed this book. It is full of mystery, suspence and adventure. The book is about an average teenagaer called Jake Djones who takes on an extremely dangerous mission: to rescue his missing parents, not just in place but in time. I found the book was very descriptive, describing every little detail. There was an explanation for everything, even how you time travel! The characters were funny and amusing with all their different personalities. I recommend this book for ten year olds and up.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your child will devour this book 3 Sep 2011
By Fleur
Format:Hardcover
A swash-buckling adventure yarn about a boy who finds himself in a secret world of time travel and History Protection - If history is destroyed there will be nothing we could have built on, civilisation as we know it could have never evolved. This essential endeavour is set against a backdrop of amazing fashion, exotic locations, beautiful artefacts, colorful and vivid characters whose complex relationships will appeal to both young and adult readers. The method for time travel is innovative and imaginative, (no boring time machines here). The locations and times will inspire readers to want find out more about their world and go and visit..., which they can... because these places are REAL.
As a teacher of A levels I was delighted that historical events were seamlessly woven into the story, AND there were enticing references to the History of Ideas, which students of all subjects find fascinating. Throughout is a friendly humour both intelligent and lavatorial; this book is not mean and worthy, it has a vast range of time, space and appeal.
History Keepers may not catapult your child into being a renaissance man/woman, but its a good start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loved it 20 Oct 2011
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This was given to my 11-year-old daughter who said:-

Jake Djones is an ordinary schoolboy with extraordinary parents - they belong to a secret group of time-travellers called the History Keepers, but they have gone missing. The History Keepers fight battles with evil people such as Zelt who plans to blow up most of Europe with a massive bomb.

It's a good story full of tension, drama and adventure, best read by children around the ages of 10 to 13 and possibly of more appeal to boys than girls.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History Keepers? 26 Jan 2012
By Fiona Massey VINE VOICE
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I thought this book would and could have been better descibed as "Dr Who and Harry Potter, meet Percy Jackson"
I couldn't put this book down, and I am 38 years old!!!
Thoroughly loved it, as to me it has all the facets needed to keep the book interesting, not overly done but above all, factual!
Can't wait for more books from this series to be released.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to a teenage library 19 Jan 2012
By Cambridge Ian VINE VOICE
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My son loved this book - He's a very quick and avid reader.

He devoured all of Harry Potter at age 8 over a summer and has continued to read at a furious rate ever since. He's read every thing from Alex Ryder, Percy Jackson, The Conspiracy 365 series and now the Cherub and Henderson boy series.

This one went the same way as everything else although I think he found it slightly harder work (a good thing). I won't give the story away but as soon as he finished it he was asking for the next in the series..... So I reckon it's worthy of 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good! 23 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was really good, it had a adventure, mystery and a bit of romance.
The main character Jake was good but my favourite was Nathan.
It keeps you guessing. Overall great and recommended to all ages above 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a Try!!! 24 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read it as it was a recommendation, but was doubtful I would enjoy it as its not my usual genre of choice. Also as I am 60 and this is written for the teen market I felt it unlikely that I would enjoy it. But I said I'd give it a go, so I did, and I am very glad. It is extremely well written and the plot moves along at a thrilling pace. I won't give a synopsis of the story as other reviewers have.
This would make a wonderful film!!!! I now plan to read the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the sadism and violence
I got this book for my son who is aged 9, and a keen reader who loves history and action/adventure. This book looked great apart from a couple of paragraphs on pg 434 where Mina is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by eejaybee
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was great because it included things that could happen in real life and fantastical things. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Florence
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books
An exciting adventure book that is well written and has some great characters. There's just the right amount of history thrown in to make it relevant and believable without going... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tasha
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable, but nothing spectacular. Hopefully will get more kids...
Perfectly acceptable YA fiction, doesn't cross over as some do (Chaos Walking for instance) to an adult audience. Can see this as a film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. J. Noyes
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you like that sort of thing
Bought for my daughter's book club. She didn't enjoy it but more down to her personal taste than the book itself, I think.
Published 13 months ago by Nikki Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed
I must admit I do enjoy books written for the 'teen market, I am an ancient 50 year old. I picked up The History Keepers on a trawl through Amazon for new authors and was not... Read more
Published 14 months ago by N. Tobin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new YA series.
The History Keepers is a rip-roaring awash-buckling adventure that starts off at a frenetic pace and never relents. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ben Peyton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I got this for my 10 yr old girls school book club, I didn't think she would like it but she hasn't put it down. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. J. Wynn
4.0 out of 5 stars history just got exciting
Jake Djones is having to grow up fast. His parents are lost somewhere in history; Jake has to follow them back in time, learn to fit into the past and play detective, rescuer and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by GBG story lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Hello. I just had a really really crap holiday. I won't go into detail because frankly you don't care BUT I did take this book with me and it was brilliant escapism! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mav
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