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Exposure by Mal Peet
  

Exposure

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A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture. Award winning Mal Peet’s Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper, about top sports journalist, Paul Faustino. Faustino always has an eye for the good story and when Otello, a national hero with money, an attractive wife and great media profile, makes a sensational club transfer, Faustino is already taking notice. Such high expose puts Otello at risk and when his name is linked to a scandal – all be it wrongly – the power of the press turns against him. As ever, Faustino is an unforgettable character and an excellent commentator on the way the press can both make and destroy reputations. The first in the trilogy was Keeper and the second was The Penalty.

Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009.

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Exposure by Mal Peet

Revered as a national hero ...married to the desirable Desmerelda ...cherished by the media ...soccer star, Otello, has it all. But a sensational club transfer sparks a media frenzy, and when he is wrongly implicated in a scandal, the footballer's life turns into a tragic spiral of destruction. South America's top sports journalist, Paul Faustino, witnesses the power of the media in making and breaking people's lives.

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Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids' editorial expert, the Guardian's children's books editor and Chair of judges for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009, said: "Peet handles big themes with supreme confidence. He is a very good storyteller who can create a rich and ambitious novel. It includes much wisdom on the whole issue of celebrity".

A message from 2008 winner, Patrick Ness, author of The Knife of Never Letting Go and its sequel The Ask and the Answer, was also a judge in 2009 said: "Exposure is a terrific book. It's really exciting, meaty and ambitious and terrifically told and put together."

Mal Peet who beat authors including Terry Pratchett to win the £1,500 prize said: "It feels absolutely great – I've always had my eye on the Guardian prize but it's always evaded me. My books have never even made the shortlist before, and I'd always sit at home gnashing my teeth and tearing my hair."

About the Author

Mal Peet

Mal Peet, winner of the Nestle Bronze Medal Award and the Branford Boase Award grew up in North Norfolk, and studied English and American Studies at the University of Warwick. Later he moved to south-west England and worked at a variety of jobs before turning full-time to writing and illustrating in the early 1990s. With his wife, Elspeth Graham, he has written and illustrated many educational picture books for young children, and his cartoons have appeared in a number of magazines. He and Elspeth live in Exmouth, Devon.

Tamar won the Carnegie Medal and is a multi-layered tale of love and betrayal. He has written three other linked novels, Keeper, The Penalty and Exposure all featuring the football obsessed Paul Faustino, a sports journalist in South America who is reluctantly drawn into murders and mysteries.

Exposure won the 2009 Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction. On his award win, Mal says, “I’m totally thrilled to win the Guardian prize. I’ve been buying the newspaper for 35 years, so I’ve worked for it! In fact, if you subtract the prize money from what I’ve spent at the newsagents, the Guardian is way ahead on the deal! I don’t mind – the Guardian prize is very special. It’s judged by other writers so it’s pretty likely that if you win it, you deserve it.”

Mal Peet died in March 2015.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th April 2016

Author

Mal Peet

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Author's Website

malpeet.com

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
448 pages
Interest Age: From 14 years

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781406367737

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