Keeper by Mal Peet

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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 Mal Peet

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MAL PEET grew up in Norfolk, England, where he says the only worthwhile pastimes were reading books and playing soccer. These are still his main interests. Of KEEPER, his first novel for young adults, he says, "Many soccer stories seem to get stuck in the mud like a heavy ball on a wet Saturday afternoon, but there's no reason why they can't shift into a different and magical dimension. KEEPER is about soccer, of course, but it's also about the supernatural, about relationships and loneliness, about believing in yourself-and about having something you would do your utmost to protect and defend." Mal Peet now lives in Devon, England.
Published March 22, 2011 by Candlewick. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Keeper by Mal Peet 240pp, Walker Books, £4.99 "Reading the Game" is an initiative by the National Literacy Trust "in association with football clubs and high-profile footballers to promote literacy".

Nov 15 2003 | Read Full Review of Keeper


Paul Faustino was to get an exclusive interview with the top goalie in the world, but instead of a soccer story he got a ghost story.

Feb 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Keeper


LitPick improves upon the Flamingnet concept and functionality, especially as a social network for young adult readers and as an opportunity for students to review the ever-expanding number of new eBooks that are becoming available to young adult readers.

Jul 08 2009 | Read Full Review of Keeper

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