By Mal Peet
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763643393, 262pp.)
Publication Date: March 2009
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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.