The Penalty

The Penalty

Mal Peet

Young Adult / Children's

The thrilling sequel to the award-winning Keeper.As the city of San Juan pulses to summer's sluggish beat, its teenage football prodigy El Brujito, the Little Magician, vanishes without trace. Paul Faustino, South America's top sports journalist, is reluctantly drawn into the mystery. As a story of corruption and murder unfolds, he is forced to confront a bitter history of slavery, and the power of the occult.
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The Murdstone Trilogy

The Murdstone Trilogy

Mal Peet

Young Adult / Children's

Philip Murdstone has won all the prizes as a Young Adult novelist but his sales are miniscule and he loathes himself. Does he suffer a nervous breakdown or does he get drunk at his local Devon pub, accidentally fall sleep in a stone circle and summon Pocket, a fantasy character who dictates 'inkage' which proves to be a world bestseller fantasy material... BEWARE this novel contains foul language and foul thoughts. If it was a film (which it will be) it would bear an 18 certificate. Also you might die laughing. On the other hand it is intensely dramatic and exciting and contains some of the most sweetly crafted sentences you will ever read in English. The impulse to write this might have started out bitter but Peet has turned in a masterpiece.
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Mr Godley's Phantom

Mr Godley's Phantom

Mal Peet

Young Adult / Children's

A haunting novella from masterful storyteller Mal Peet. Part ghost story, part detective novel, Mr Godley's Phantom has its own distinctive fifties flavour of cigarettes, petrol and musty interiors. As always, Mal Peet's timing and pacing are faultless, with cinematic cutting between scenes, pitch-perfect dialogue and deftly brilliant sentences.It's 1945 and Martin Heath, like many men at that time, is struggling to settle, to find his place again after the horrors of war. But an old comrade sends him a letter, telling of a position that's just come up with an aging chap called Mr Godley in the deepest and loneliest part of Devon. Martin travels there and so begins a dark mystery...
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Life: An Exploded Diagram

Life: An Exploded Diagram

Mal Peet

Young Adult / Children's

ReviewPeet creates an explosive world where love is frowned upon and the past has bloody teeth and bad breath. It's a world that demands deep examination and thought, and Peet has done a splendid job of creating it.—Booklist (starred review)Peet's brilliant, ambitious novel bridges the years between World War II and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, but at its heart is a star-crossed affair set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Recommend this memorable novel to mature teen readers, and if you can wrest away a copy, read it yourself.—School Library Journal (starred review)This is mesmerizing through the sheer force and liveliness of its prose, as well as its unpredictable, inexorable plot. Peet's gift for imagery makes the novel fizz with the intensity of an adolescent's heightened perceptions-in which everything is alive, and even boredom is an all-engrossing activity. Place, period, and adolescent passion all come through with exuberant feeling and humor; Peet's subtle, literary play with narrative voice, style, and chronology make this a satisfyingly sophisticated teen novel. Outstanding.—The Horn Book (starred review)Sophisticated teens and adults will appreciate this subtle yet powerful exposition of the far-reaching implications of war.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Product DescriptionCan love survive a lifetime? When working-class Clem Ackroyd falls for Frankie Mortimer, the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy local landowner, he has no hope that it can. After all, the world teeters on the brink of war, and bombs could rain down any minute over the bleak English countryside—just as they did seventeen years ago as his mother, pregnant with him, tended her garden. This time, Clem may not survive. Told in cinematic style by acclaimed writer Mal Peet, this brilliant coming-of-age novel is a gripping family portrait that interweaves the stories of three generations and the terrifying crises that define them. With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet’s latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.
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Keeper

Keeper

Mal Peet

Young Adult / Children's

When Paul Faustino of LA NACION flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive interview with El Gato — the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly brought his team the World Cup — the seasoned reporter quickly learns that this will be no ordinary story. Instead, the legendary El Gato narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in the South American rainforest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach a poor, gawky boy the most thrilling secrets of the game. A seamless blend of magic realism and exhilarating soccer action, this evocative novel will haunt readers long after the story ends.
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Beck

Beck

Mal Peet

Young Adult / Children's

Born of a brief encounter between a Liverpool prostitute and an African soldier in 1907, Beck finds himself orphaned as a young boy and sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. At age fifteen he is sent to work on a farm, from which he eventually escapes. Finally in charge of his own destiny, Beck starts westward, crossing the border into America and back, all while the Great Depression rages on. What will it take for Beck to understand the agonies of his childhood and realize that love is possible?
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