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May 10, 2016
| ISBN 9780763687465
| Middle Grade (10 and up)
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May 10, 2016 | ISBN 9780763687465 | Middle Grade (10 and up)
In a refreshed paperback edition with a bold 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.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.
This stirring adventure—a soccer story? a ghost story?—defies expectations. . . . Both lyrical and gripping.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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