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Mal Peet - Author

About the Author

Mal Peet (June 1947 – 2 March 2015), 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 wrote and illustrated many educational picture books for young children, and his cartoons appeared in a number of magazines. He and Elspeth lived in Exmouth, Devon.

Tamar won the Carnegie Medal and is a multi-layered tale of love and betrayal. He wrote 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 said, “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.”

He also wrote a critically acclaimed adult novel, The Murdstone Trilogy

Featured books by Mal Peet

Other books by Mal Peet

Sinbad the Sailor Band 02a Red A/Band 08 Purple

Sinbad the Sailor Band 02a Red A/Band 08 Purple

Author: Mal Peet, Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Find out what happens when Sinbad the sailor is left stranded on an island with a giant seagull. Will he find a way to get back to his ship? This entertaining narrative is written by award-winning authors Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. Collins Big Cat Phonics Progress books are specifically designed for struggling readers, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. This title has a text level of Band 2B / Red B, which provides simple story development and a satisfying conclusion, and an interest level of Band 8 / Purple. Text type: A traditional story An illustrated map on pages 14 to 15 helps children to recap Sinbad's journey and discuss the story. Curriculum links: Citizenship

Exposure

Exposure

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

A massive soccer star has it all but someone is plotting his downfall in Exposure, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. A breathtaking retelling of Othello set in South America, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet. Revered as a national hero ... married to the desirable Desmerelda ... cherished by the media ... soccer star, Otello, has it all. But a sensational club transfer sparks a media frenzy, and when he is wrongly implicated in a scandal, the footballer's life turns into a tragic spiral of destruction. South America's top sports journalist, Paul Faustino, witnesses the power of the media in making and breaking people's lives.

Keeper

Keeper

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

The extraordinary debut novel by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet about football, magic and self-discovery. Winner of the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Prize. Perfect for both football enthusiasts and fans of excellent storytelling, the award-winning first novel from Carnegie Medal-winning Mal Peet introduces legendary sports journalist Paul Faustino and the haunting tale of the world's greatest goalkeeper: the man they call El Gato, the Cat . As Paul interviews El Gato, the World Cup stands on the table between them. 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...

The Penalty

The Penalty

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Football, corruption and dark secrets collide in the thrilling sequel to the award-winning Keeper by Carnegie Medal-winning author 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.

Life

Life

Author: Mal Peet Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2011

Clem, a working-class boy living in government-assisted housing, and Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, must keep their relationship secret. If its discovered, their world will be blown apart.But unknown to them, President John F. Kennedy and the Russian leader, Nikita Khruschev, are shaping up to do just thatblow the world apartas the two leaders fight over a small island in the Caribbean Sea, leading up to the events that will later be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.For Frankie and Clem, time, like everything else, is against them.In his most brilliant and ambitious novel yet, Mal Peet portrays the shattering power of love and the ricocheting effect of war through generations. Witty, super-smart, heartbreakingly generous, its so good, you almost want to keep it a secret. -Patrick Ness, author of the award-winning Chaos Walking seriesLife: An Exploded Diagram is Mal Peets finest work to date, by turns hysterically funny, sad, poignant, bitter, and rude, but always with that unfakeable sense of deep truth. -Anthony McGowan, author of The Knife That Killed MeA new novel by Mal Peet is always something to be eagerly anticipated: finely drawn characters, ambitious storytelling, a broad historical canvas, piercing social critiqueand now, much more than in previous novels, a delightfully irreverent streak of humor. -Jonathan Hunt, blogger for School Library Journals Heavy Medal blogAn astonishingly engaging, wonderful, un-put-downable book. His gorgeous writing makes one reread sentences over and over again for the pure joy of experiencing the language. -Carol Stoltz, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

I Spy Fly Band 03/Yellow

I Spy Fly Band 03/Yellow

Author: Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham Illustrator: Bernard Adnet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The fly was hungry, and buzzed over to the park to see what he could find. In the park he quickly spied lots of food, but found getting that food was much less straightforward! Join the fly as he gets into endless trouble on his search for something to eat, in this humorous story by award-winning author Mal Peat and Elspeth Graham. Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. Text type: A story with a familiar setting. Children can follow the fly's route around the park and recap the different situations he finds himself in on pages 14-15. Ideas for guided reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Catching the Moon Band 04/Blue

Catching the Moon Band 04/Blue

Author: Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham Illustrator: Xiao Xin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Prince Hal is upset - he wants the moon. So the King and Queen send their servants, Grim and Crumb, out to catch the moon for him, with hilarious consequences. This charming story by award-winning author Mal Peat and Elspeth Graham is illustrated by Xiao Xin. This book is a Band 04/Blue book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. This is a simple story with a familiar setting and children can recap the main stages of the story on pages 14 and 15, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. This book supports learning around knowledge and understanding the world. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try What's Underground? (9780007185863) written by Gill Munton and illustrated by Peter Bull.

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