The Seven Keys of Balabad by Paul Haven

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Welcome to Balabad, birthplace of the international secret society known as the Brotherhood of Arachosia. And rumored hiding place of the grandest riches the world has ever known. Balabad is also the country Oliver Finch calls home ever since his father was reassigned to this dull, war-torn dust bowl.

Each day runs into the next for Oliver until a 500-year-old sacred carpet is stolen. Then one of the few friends he has disappears. Oliver is determined to figure out what exactly is going on. But in order to do that he’ll have consult with a one-eyed warrior, track down the far-flung members of the Brotherhood, and unlock a centuries-old secret! Suddenly, life in Balabad for Oliver has become a whole lot more interesting . . . and dangerous.


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About Paul Haven

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Born and raised in New York, Paul Haven always knew he wanted to write and travel, so after graduating from college he moved to South America and worked as a reporter. In 1994, he joined the Associated Press, working and living in Colombia, New York, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Spain with his wife and daughter. This is his second novel.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 27, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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He misses the New York Yankees and movie theaters, and only his Baladi friend Zee and carpet salesman Mr. Haji make his sojourn in the country bearable.

Dec 15 2008 | Read Full Review of The Seven Keys of Balabad

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When Oliver asks what’s so important about a missing carpet, Zee explains its significance and the treasures of King Agamon.The stolen carpet and a missing government official ignite events in Balabad and trigger bold thefts of centuries-old keys from secret locations around the world.In Balabad,...

Jun 08 2010 | Read Full Review of The Seven Keys of Balabad

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