By Mal Peet
Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763632861, 225pp.
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
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.
"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