The Seven Keys of Balabad
by Paul Haven
Summary: Seven keys were used to lock up the national treasures of the country of Balabad; the keys were then taken by seven brothers to different corners of the world. Five hundred years later, Oliver Finch moves with his parents from Manhattan to Baladad. At first he is bored and homesick, but then one of his friends is kidnapped and Oliver finds himself in the middle of an ancient mystery and in serious danger!
Thoughts: This is a fast-paced, intriguing mystery full of villains, double-crosses, and dangerous escapes. I liked the Middle Eastern setting and the ancient secrets. The author worked as a foreign correspondent and his experience lends authenticity to the story and its setting.