Keeper: Haunted by the Spirit of the Game (Paul Faustino #1)
PUBLICATION JUNE 2016
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...
Physical, spiritual - Arthurian, even - this is true enchantment. TES Teacher Tense and atmospheric [...] refreshing original story in which footballing familiars are shot through with curious and satisfying magical realism. The Guardian Has all the ingredients of a great children's novel with drama, suspense and an extraordinarily moving ending...children will love it. Daily Express A brilliant book, thoroughly and richly entertaining. The School Librarian Nothing for the 12-plus age range to beat Mal Peet's now classic World Cup novel The Daily Telegraph The ultimate football novel ... extraordinary Sunday Telegraph
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. A writer and illustrator, Mal produced many books for children over his lifetime, most of them in collaboration with his wife, Elspeth Graham.