By Mal Peet
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763627492, 225pp.
Publication Date: August 2005
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"And you found it, this thing you were looking for?"
It was darker now, and the city below Faustino's office was a jazzy dance of neon signs and traffic. The big man went to the window and looked down at it all, spreading his large hands on the glass. "No," he said. "It found me."
When Paul Faustino of LA NACION flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive interview with El Gato the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly brought his team the World Cup the seasoned reporter quickly learns that this will be no ordinary story. Instead, the legendary El Gato ("The Cat") quietly narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in a mythic corner of the South American rain forest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach the gangly boy the most thrilling secrets of the game. Combining vivid imagery and heart-stopping action, this evocative, strikingly ethereal novel about loyalty, passion, and magic will haunt readers, regardless of their love for soccer, long after the story is ended.
"This book has something for every reader, not least those who revel in excellent writing."—THE GUARDIAN — Quote
"Written with skill, humanity, and a vibrant passion for its subject, KEEPER is irresistible. . . . This is true enchantment."—TES TEACHER (London) — Quote
"Even if you hate soccer, read this superbly written book and be captivated by it."—SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (U.K.) — Quote