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By Mal Peet

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763632861, 225pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2007

"This stirring adventure a soccer story? a ghost story? defies expectations. . . . Both lyrical and gripping." KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
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 narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in the South American rainforest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach a poor, gawky boy the most thrilling secrets of the game. A seamless blend of magic realism and exhilarating soccer action, this evocative novel will haunt readers long after the story ends.

About the Author
Mal Peet (1947 2015) is the acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal winning novel "Tamar "as well as the "Boston Globe Horn Book" Honor Book "Life: An Exploded Diagram" and three Paul Faustino novels: "Keeper, The Penalty, " and "Exposure, " a winner of the "Guardian "Children s Fiction Prize. He is also the co-author of "Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, "and "Night Sky Dragons, "all of which he wrote with his wife, Elspeth Graham."

Praise For Keeper

"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