Keeper – Mal Peet – review

KeeperKeeper by Mal Peet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This extraordinary book grabs you from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go until the final page.

It’s unusual for me to read a sport related book, and even more unusual for me to read a book about soccer. But his is more than just a book about soccer. This is the story of a young, awkward man, who plays soccer so badly that he doesn’t even get put in goals. H eis the village joke. Disillusioned and bored he wanders further and further into the South American jungle near where he lives, and where his father goes every day to harvest the forest trees.
The boy meets a man – a man who will teach him everything there is to know about being a Keeper. But this is only part of El Gato’s (The Cat) story.
The forest that his father is so busy cutting down is busily encroaching on the village. The environmental effects are noted but do not intrude. The intrigue and wealth that is involved in high stakes soccer is explored, as is winning, and losing.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, and am now in the middle of the follow-up title, The Penalty.

A must read for readers from 13 and beyond.

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