KEEPER by Mal Peet
Kirkus Star

KEEPER

Age Range: 12 - 16

KIRKUS REVIEW

This stirring adventure—a soccer story? a ghost story?—defies expectations. Soccer reporter Paul Faustino is thrilled to have an exclusive interview with brilliant goalkeeper El Gato, whose team just won the World Cup. El Gato offers the incredulous reporter an unbelievable tale. As a child, the goalie explains, he was terrible at sports in a soccer-mad town, so he retreated to the jungle his village found frightening but he found beautiful. In the jungle’s darkest tangles, he encountered a mysterious goalkeeper who drilled him mercilessly for two years. When El Gato left his secret training to become a logger like his father (against his mother’s wishes, who wanted her son to go to college and become a scientist), he discovered he’d become a world-class goalie. El Gato’s mystical revelations are saturated with reverence for the vanishing jungle, and his too-perfect soccer ability is tempered by the confusion of a grown man who wants a life his adored parents would not have chosen. Both lyrical and gripping. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2749-6
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2005




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