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The Seven Keys of Balabad by Paul Haven
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Dec 10, 2010

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This was a nice story, fairly well-told, but not that interesting. Suitable for kids from about age 7 or 8, though my kids wouldn't get far because they would be bored, i think. The author mixes an ancient mystery with a couple of boys living in the present-day fictional country of Balabad, which is based on the author's time in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The story takes a long time to wind up; there are no great heroes or villains to increase the story tension; the kids' actions are fairly predictable. Since the author is an experienced journalist who has written another YA novel, and this was published by Random House, I had high expectations. But I was disappointed.

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