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Keeper by Mal Peet


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This extraordinary, gripping tale pulses with the rhythms of football and the rainforest. Teenagers will love it but football loving adults will as well. It pours with mystery and suspense, will have you riveted to the page and the great twist at the end will come like a bolt out of the blue. This is the first in this extraordinary football linked trilogy. The second is Penalty and the final one is Exposure.

Winner of the 2004 Branford Boase Award

Winner of the 2004 Bronze Nestle Smarties Book Award


Keeper by Mal Peet

In a newspaper office, Paul Faustino, South America's top football writer, sits opposite the man they call El Gato - the Cat - the world's greatest goalkeeper. On the table between them stands the World Cup. In the hours that follow, El Gato tells his incredible story - how he, a poor logger's son, learns to become a World Cup-winning goalkeeper.


"Physical, spiritual - Arthurian, even - this is true enchantment." - TES Teacher

Winner of the 2004 Branford Boase Award

Winner of the 2004 Bronze Nestle Smarties Book Award

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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Publication date

2nd October 2006


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Walker Books Ltd


240 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years


NewGen - YA Fiction
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Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories



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