Football, corruption and dark secrets collide in the thrilling sequel to the award-winning Keeper by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet.
In the second of the Paul Faustino novels by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet, teenage football prodigy El Brujito, "the Little Magician", has vanished without a trace and Paul finds himself reluctantly drawn into the mystery. As the city of San Juan pulses to summer's sluggish beat, Paul gets more than he bargained for as a story of corruption and murder unfolds, forcing him to confront a bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult.
Sequel to the bestselling Keeper, which won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Prize, reissued with a stunning new cover. Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Mal Peet won the Carnegie Medal for Tamar.
About the Author
Mal Peet's first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Award; Tamar won the Carnegie Medal; and Exposure was the winner of the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize. A writer and illustrator, Mal has produced many books for children, most of them in collaboration with his wife, Elspeth Graham.
"Glorious, cartwheeling, magical, frightening" Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Guardian "Irresistible... A tale of murder, corruption, cruelty, faith and redemption with a light dusting of football... Impossible to put down." TES [...] intriguing undertones of black magic and some surprising twists. Daily Telegraph "The Penalty weaves together slavery, tribal magic and themes of modern-day corruption... Notable for its exceptional humanity, stylistic clarity and neat construction." The Sunday Times "Cogently constructed and elegantly written, this latest novel is teenage fiction at its best." The Guardian "A heady mix of slavery, football and the occult, this is another intoxicating read from an author who has proved himself an outstanding talent." Publishing News "Another superb read from a master storyteller." The Bookseller
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.2