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Written by Mal Peet
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ISBN-10: 0763687464
ISBN-13: 9780763687465
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author: Mal Peet

When Paul Faustino of La Nación flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive interview with El Gato — the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly won 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 rain forest, 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.

In a refreshed paperback edition with a bold new cover, this novel by award-winning author Mal Peet transports readers to a fictional South American country and a world of soccer, celebrity, and strange occurrences investigated by sports reporter Paul Faustino.
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0763687464 /  9780763687465
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Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
240 / 5 1/8" x 7 5/8"
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
People & Places; Sports & Recreation; Fantasy & Magic; Mysteries & Detective Stories; Mexico; Equestrian;
author’s comments:
Mal Peet (1947–2015) is the acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal–winning novel Tamar as well as the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Life: An Exploded Diagram and three Paul Faustino novels: Keeper, The Penalty, and Exposure, a winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He is also the co-author of Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, and Night Sky Dragons, all of which he wrote with his wife, Elspeth Graham.
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