The Seven Keys of Balabad

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Random House Children's Books, Jan 27, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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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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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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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
1
Oliver Finch in Balabad
2
On Deadline
14
In Search of Seven Princes
22
The Sacred Carpet of Agamon
29
The Pizza Prince of Chicago
35
The Four Corners of the Earth 98
36
A Call in the Dark
38
Hajis Secret
131
Alamais Offer
138
A Carpet Worthy of a King
144
The Thieves Market
151
The Warlords Shop
161
Olivers Hunch
171
The Mandabak Hotel
174
The Rearview Mirror
181

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
The Breakin at Bondi Beach
103
An Early Wakeup Call
108
Zees Gambit
114
Shutting Up Shop
119
Out of the Shadows
122
Bahauddins Escape
125
The Gardens of Paradise
184
Into the Lions Mouth
189
A Thiefs Lair
199
A Knock on the Door
206
Under Guard
210
The Longest Wait
214
A Terrible Choice
221
Drawing a Map
226
At the Gates
230
Saved
236
The Salt Caverns
249
Heroes of Balabad
264
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About the author (2009)

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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