The Penalty

By Mal Peet
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763643393, 262pp.)

Publication Date: March 2009

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Description
"Any reader who starts this astounding novel will be hard-pressed to put it
down. Stunning, original, and compelling." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
As the city of San Juan pulses to summer's sluggish beat, its teenage soccer prodigy, El Brujito, the Little Magician, vanishes without a trace -- right after he misses a penalty kick and loses a big game for his team. Sports reporter Paul Faustino is reluctantly drawn into the mystery of the athlete's disappearance, and as a story of corruption and murder unfolds, must confront the bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult. This gripping novel from the author of KEEPER and TAMAR is not to be missed.



About the Author
Mal Peet published his first novel, Keeper, in 2003. It was translated into several languages and won the Branford Boase Award. He next won the Carnegie Medal in 2005 and the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize in 2009, as well as a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor in 2012 for Life: An Exploded Diagram. Born in Norfolk, England, in 1947, Mal Peet died in 2015.
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