Peet, Mal. Keeper.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

PEET, Mal. Keeper. Candlewick. 240p. c2003. 0-7636-2749-6. $15.99. JS*

This soccer novel is told in the form of an interview of El Gato ("the cat"), a legendary goalkeeper who has just won the World Cup for his team. El Gato tells how he grew up in a poor logging camp in the South American rain forest, where he says he was taught to play the game in a clearing in the jungle by a ghostly mentor he refers to only as the Keeper. At 15, El Gato must leave school to help support his family, and he reluctantly joins his father at the logging camp. There the men play soccer for recreation (and bet on the outcome), and El Gato's incredible skills are quickly recognized. A scout appears, and his rise is meteoric, but he never forgets his family and his...

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