The Seven Keys of Balabad

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Random House Children's Books, Jun 8, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 275 pages
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Inspired by the years he spent in Afghanistan and Pakistan as bureau chief with The Associated Press, Paul Haven's intricately crafted tale is filled with details of everyday life in this remote and frequently overlooked part of the world. Loosely based on the legendary Golden Hoard of Bactria--the renowned hidden treasure discovered in northern Afghanistan in 1978--this fast-paced middle-grade novel will appeal to readers who like their twists and turns filled with mysterious characters, exotic locales, and an utterly relatable protagonist.
 

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 has called home ever since his father was reassigned to this dull, war-torn dust bowl. Each day runs into the next for Oliver until a five-hundred-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 to 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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User Review  - lkmuir - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrpascua - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

The Seven Keys of Arachosia
5
Oliver Finch in Balabad
6
On Deadline l4 4 In Search of Seven Princes
22
The Sacred Carpet of Agamon
29
The Pizza Prince of Chicago
35
A Call in the Dark
38
In the Shadows
50
Harried Haji
55
Hamburg
63
To Tell a Finch
68
Left Shoes
73
The Strangest Game on Earth
76
Hamid Halabala
80
Halabalas Tale
88
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Born and raised in New York, Paul Haven joined The Associated Press, working and living in Colombia, New York, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Spain. He currently lives in Cuba with his wife and children.

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