Seven Keys of Balabad

Seven Keys of Balabad

by Paul Haven, Mark Zug
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Seven Keys of Balabad by Paul Haven, Mark Zug

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375892493
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.

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Seven Keys of Balabad 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Still_Reading_KidLit More than 1 year ago
We read this for Battle of the Books. Characters and plot were thin and not believable. The kids on our team found it lackluster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marion_G More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! This book was a revelation, by far the best thing I¿ve read with my son in the past year. It weaves the present day story of three unlikely friends _ a streetwise New Yorker named Oliver, an upper class wit called Zee and a hardscrabble and exotic beauty named Alamai _ with a mesmerizing 500-year-old mystery. The writing is rich and colorful, the characters unforgettable and the adventure so gripping we finished reading it in less than a week. Now my son is insisting we read it again. What a find! - Marion