The Penalty

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The Penalty
Written by Mal Peet
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763687472
ISBN-13: 9780763687472
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The Penalty

author: Mal Peet

As the city of San Juan pulses to summer’s sluggish beat, its teenage soccer prodigy, El Brujito, the Little Magician, vanishes without a trace—right after he misses a penalty kick and loses a big game for his team. Sports reporter Paul Faustino is reluctantly drawn into the mystery of the athlete’s disappearance and, as a story of corruption and murder unfolds, must confront the bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult.
“Peet’s prose is both lyrical and unflinching. . . . A bold exploration of ageless themes of power, fame, love, and trust, all seen through the deceptive lens of modern celebrity culture.” — Booklist
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Young Adult Novel / Paperback
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
272 / 5 1/8" x 7 5/8"
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
Mysteries & Detective Stories; People & Places; Sports & Recreation; Mysteries & Detective Stories; Mexico; Equestrian;
author’s comments:
Mal Peet (1947–2015) is the acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal–winning novel Tamar as well as the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Life: An Exploded Diagram and three Paul Faustino novels: Keeper, The Penalty, and Exposure, a winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He is also the co-author of Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, and Night Sky Dragons, all of which he wrote with his wife, Elspeth Graham.
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