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  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446453117
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

The History Keepers: The Storm Begins

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

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 . . .

  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446453117
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the author

Damian Dibben

Damian Dibben, described by the Observer as ‘one of the hottest properties in children’s fiction today,’ is the creator of international publishing phenomenon, The History Keepers. The books are published in over 40 countries and translated into 26 languages.

The books follow the adventures of Jake Djones who finds that his parents are missing – lost in time. Jake sets out to find them and joins the secret society known as The History Keepers. His life will never be the same again.

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Praise for The History Keepers: The Storm Begins

From the moment I began reading I was invited into a world of daring and intrigue that had pace, momentum and was a great deal of fun. It had everything I would hope and expect from a swashbuckling adventure story: secret societies, diabolical arch nemeses, double agents, unlikely heroes, likely heroes... and to add to all this, great heart. There are moments of absurdity and hilarity amid grave danger that are written so well as to make the reader laugh even as they fear for a well-loved character's life. It's a difficult thing to achieve but the author manages it...Stand aside Dr. Who; the History Keepers have arrived.

Bookish and Feint

This is an utterly rambunctious read, full of swashbuckling adventure...Dibben doesn't waste any time at all and it's easy to keep reading for hours without realising. There's a deal of humour, too...The whole thing has great heart and highspiritedness.

The Bookbag

Bags of commercial potential and a great read too.

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Although time-travel plays a central part in the plot, it is first and foremost a cracking adventure story that is perfect for the 9+ age group. You want your swashes buckled? Then this is the story for you. Prefer the pace of the stories you read to be on the fast side? Then jump on this bob-sleigh of a story and enjoy the ride!

Book Zone 4 Boys

The concept of 'The History Keepers' is awesome...Imagine being able to visit your favourite decade or go back and meet famous historical figures. This is definitely something which will really appeal to readers of all ages...The pace of the story picked up as the plot rapidly progressed in the second-half of the book. A surprising secret is also revealed about a member of the team at the very end which should prove to be an interesting angle in future installments. I really enjoyed 'The History Keepers' and book two holds the promise of even more action and adventure. In Jake Djones a whole new hero is born!

A Dream of Books

Definitely one of my top 5 books I have ever read- move over Harry Potter, Jake Djones has arrived! 5 stars

Hattie Morrison (14), WHSmith.co.uk

The descriptive passages and wordmanship (If there is such a word) is wonderful. Gripping, exciting and all set pretty much firmly on historical facts. Which I find really exhilarating. It's a very intelligent read, but told in such a way that children will be hooked. The characters are larger than life and we empathise completely with our hero as he struggles' to come to terms with loss and love and adventure. A triumph and I can't wait for the film. Promised on the website Its easy to compare to Potter, but this is the first book, and I feel the series could run on taking many a child with it. A Tour De Force which I hold heartedly Recommend. 5 stars

David Lewis, WHSmith.co.uk

The History Keepers is the kind of book where when you start reading it you cannot put it down, which sometimes may be very annoying - especially if you have school the next day! I personally would give the book ten out of ten because it keeps you gripped and takes your mind away from worries. Another great thing is that it has so much potential to be a film. Even just reading the first page you can imagine every single thing. I don't know how Damian Dibben has done this!

Children's review team, Guardian Online

Time Team Move over Harry Potter, it is time for Jake Djones to take the limelight. Almost too exciting for bedtime reading, and already optioned by Working Title Films, The History Keepers: The Storm Begins is the thrilling debut novel by the screenwriter Damian Dibben.

Daisy Bridgewater, The Telegraph

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.


This book will have you hooked with it's time-travelling action. You will not want to put it down...It's the best book I've ever read and I give it 10 out of 10.

Samuel Walker Evans (age nine), South London Press

Jake is quite bold, uses his head (most of the time), is quick on his feet and adapts to the situation. He sometimes lets his heart rule his head. I absolutely love all his friends, they each have distinctive personalities which had me laughing away, even when I couldn't see a way out for them. I even love how nasty the villains are, they made me want to hide out of sight because their plans are extremely evil. 9/10

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