Synopses & Reviews
Excited about getting the interview with the world-famous goalkeeper, El Gato, Paul Faustino is shocked when the celebrity tells him about a childhood secret involving an encounter with a mystical mentor, named the Keeper, in the South American rain forest and the magical lessons he learned under his tutelage that helped him become the best in the world. Reprint. 13,500 first printing.
"This stirring adventure a soccer story? a ghost story? defies expectations. . . . Both lyrical and gripping." KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
When Paul Faustino of LA NACION flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive interview with El Gato the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly brought his team the World Cup the seasoned reporter quickly learns that this will be no ordinary story. Instead, the legendary El Gato narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in the South American rainforest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach a poor, gawky boy the most thrilling secrets of the game. A seamless blend of magic realism and exhilarating soccer action, this evocative novel will haunt readers long after the story ends."
An award-winning author pens an enthralling story of a poor and gawky kid who mysteriously becomes the world's greatest goalkeeper--a seamless blend of magic, realism, and exhilarating soccer action.
About the Author
MAL PEET grew up in Norfolk, England, where he says the only worthwhile pastimes were reading books and playing soccer. These are still his main interests. Of KEEPER, his first novel for young adults, he says, "Many soccer stories seem to get stuck in the mud like a heavy ball on a wet Saturday afternoon, but there's no reason why they can't shift into a different and magical dimension. KEEPER is about soccer, of course, but it's also about the supernatural, about relationships and loneliness, about believing in yourself—and about having something you would do your utmost to protect and defend." Mal Peet now lives in Devon, England.