Keeper

By Mal Peet
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763632861, 225pp.)

Publication Date: February 2007

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"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 is the author of the Carnegie Medal-winning novel TAMAR, as well the three novels starring reporter Paul Faustino. He lives in Devon, England.
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