By Mal Peet

The extraordinary debut novel by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet about football, magic and self-discovery.

The award-winning first novel from Carnegie Medal-winning Mal Peet introduces legendary sports journalist Paul Faustino and the haunting tale of the world's greatest goalkeeper: the man they call El Gato,"the Cat". As Paul interviews El Gato, the World Cup stands on the table between them. 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...

  • Reissue with a stunning new cover.
  • Winner of the Brandford Boase and a Nestle Children's Book Prize.
  • First of Mal Peet's three Paul Faustino novels, all critically acclaimed.

About the author

Mal Peet's first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Prize; Tamar won the Carnegie Medal; and Exposure was the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. A writer and illustrator, Mal produced many books for children throughout his lifetime, most of them in collaboration with his wife, Elspeth Graham.


2005: Wirral "Paperback of the Year"

Wirral Paperback of the Year Award - Longlisted

2004: Branford Boase Award

Branford Boase Award - Winner

2004: Nestle Children's Book Prize/Nestle Smarties Book Prize

Nestle Smarties Book Prize - Shortlisted

2004: Stockport Schools' Book Award

Stockport Schools' Book Award - Shortlisted

2004: The Hampshire Book Award

Hampshire Book Award - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9781406367744
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 240pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $18.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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