Author(s): Mal Peet
This is an extraordinary debut novel, winner of the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Prize. 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 so good he is almost unbeatable. And the most remarkable part of this story is the man who teaches him: the mysterious Keeper, who haunts a football pitch at the heart of the claustrophobic rainforest...
Winner of the
Branford Boase Award and the
Bronze Nestle Children's Book Prize.
"Physical, spiritual - Arthurian, even - this is true enchantment." TES Teacher
Mal Peet's first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Award; Tamar won the Carnegie Medal; and Exposure was the 2009 winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His most recent book for young adults is Life: An Exploded Diagram. A writer and illustrator, Mal has produced many books for children, most of them in collaboration with his wife, Elspeth Graham. He lives in Devon with his family.