Written by Mal Peet
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Reissued to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, this is the extraordinary debut novel from multi-award winning author Mal Peet. Set in South America, this compelling adventure is told as an interview between a top sports reporter and the world’s greatest goalkeeper. Not just for football fiction fans, this is masterful storytelling at its best.
Winner of the 2004 Branford Boase Award
Winner of the 2004 Bronze Nestle Smarties Book Award
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Keeper by 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...
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Interest Age: From 12
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