The Penalty

Written by Mal Peet

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LoveReading View on The Penalty

This is the second novel from Mal Peet that features Paul Faustino (the first was Keeper) 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. Now available in audio CD. The first in the trilogy is Keeper and the final one is Exposure.

Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007.

The Penalty Synopsis

As the city of San Juan pulses to summer's sluggish beat, its teenage football prodigy El Brujito, vanishes without trace. Paul Faustino, South America's top sports journalist, is reluctantly drawn into the mystery. As a story of corruption and murder unfolds, he is forced to confront a bitter history of slavery, and the power of the occult.

The Penalty Press Reviews

"Physical, spiritual - Arthurian, even - this is true enchantment." TES

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781406370577
Publication date: 5th January 2012
Author: Mal Peet
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Mal Peet

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 ...

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