Written by Mal Peet
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This is the second novel from Mal Peet that features Paul Faustino, South America’s top sports journalist. It’s a brilliant thriller, beautifully written and the author’s passion for football shines through in the writing. If you’re football mad or want to be a journalist, don’t look further than this book for inspiration. The first in the trilogy is Keeper and the final one is Exposure.
Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007.
The Penalty by Mal Peet
In the second of the Paul Faustino novels by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet, teenage football prodigy El Brujito, the Little Magician , has vanished without a trace and Paul finds himself reluctantly drawn into the mystery. As the city of San Juan pulses to summer's sluggish beat, Paul gets more than he bargained for as a story of corruption and murder unfolds, forcing him to confront a bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult.
'Glorious, cartwheeling, magical, frightening' Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Guardian
'The Penalty weaves together slavery, tribal magic and themes of modern-day corruption... Notable for its exceptional humanity, stylistic clarity and neat construction.' The Sunday Times
'Another superb read from a master storyteller.' The Bookseller
'Physical, spiritual - Arthurian, even - this is true enchantment' TES
About the Author
Interest Age: From 12
More books by Mal Peet
Walker Books Ltd
7th April 2016
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