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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552564133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552564137
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,691 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)

"History can be fun too! Damian Dibben’s books have got kids’ imaginations going - and cultivated their interest in the past to boot." (Sun)

"The next big thing" (Observer)

"A time travelling detective tale. There are desperate chases, hair-raising escapes . . . and more comical or eccentric secondary characters than you could shake a wand at" (Tony Bradman Guardian)

"We’re predicting extremely big things from this new adventure series from Damian Dibben" (Mail on Sunday)

"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)

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It's time for a new hero . . . The swashbuckling first book in an explosive new series.

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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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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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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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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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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 disappointed. What's more, it is written in English and not americanese.
Time travel, double agents, secret societies, comedy, growing up and who knows, perhaps romance kept me entertained and engrossed through this book and straight in to the next, Circus Maximus. I'm looking for more and hope Damien Dibben comes up with a grand finale soon to the trilogy.
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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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The History Keepers is a rip-roaring awash-buckling adventure that starts off at a frenetic pace and never relents.

Jake Djones (cool spelling) is caught up in a centuries old agency's fight to preserve history as we know it.

With a host of colourful characters (Nathan is my favourite) this book is good enough to be enjoyed by all ages and I can't wait for the next adventure.
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