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The Seven Keys of Balabad

by Paul Haven

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Oliver has been forced to move to the Middle East with his parents and finds life very boring. But then his friend, Zee, tells him about overhearing a conversation about the Brotherhood of Arachosia. They are determined to find out about the brotherhood and end up being catapulted into a mystery involving a carpet, seven keys and a great treasure.
Whilst this story takes place in an imaginary country the detail seems realistically Middle Eastern and adds to the flavour of this exciting story. This book would suit readers aged 10 and up. ( )
  RefPenny | Feb 28, 2011 |
Great adventure book for middle school readers. The story centers around Oliver who has moved to Balabad with his family as his father, a reporter is stationed there. The action follows the adventures of Oliver and his two friends who become involved an elaborate adventure while discovering what happens in a series of thefts and the disappearance of their friend, Haji. The setting is the fictional middle eastern country of Balabad and the theme is typical adventure themes of good vs. evil, taking us outside ourselves, and heroes who become trapped where the only way to safety is through greater jeopardy. The characters are likeable and believable and the story keeps the reader entertained throughout the book. For the TL this would be a good addition to the middle school LMC. This adventure story will not become dated soon so it should have a long shelf life. ( )
  mrpascua | Jul 24, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375833501, Hardcover)

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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Unlike his news-reporter father and art-historian mother who find living in the ancient, war-torn country of Balabad endlessly interesting, twelve-year-old Oliver, homesick for New York City, feels very much out of his element until he gets caught up in a centuries-old mystery involving stolen artifacts and buried treasure.… (more)

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