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This extraordinary, gripping tale pulses with the rhythms of football and the rainforest. Teenagers will love it but football loving adults will as well. It pours with mystery and suspense, will have you riveted to the page and the great twist at the end will come like a bolt out of the blue. This is the first in this extraordinary football linked trilogy. The second is Penalty and the final one is Exposure.
Winner of the 2004 Branford Boase Award
Winner of the 2004 Bronze Nestle Smarties Book Award
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...
|Publication date:||7th April 2016|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 4|
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 ...More About Mal Peet