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Summary

Paul Faustino, South America's top sports writer, sits opposite the man they call El Gato – the Cat – the world's greatest goalkeeper. On the table between them stands the World Cup...

In the hours that follow, El Gato tells his incredible story – how he, a poor logger's son, learns to become a World Cup-winning goalkeeper so good he is almost unbeatable. And the most remarkable part of this story is the man who teaches him – the mysterious Keeper, who haunts a football pitch at the heart of the claustrophobic forest...

©2003 Mal Peet (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"This stirring adventure — a soccer story? a ghost story? — defies expectations... Both lyrical and gripping." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Claire
  • Ampthill, United Kingdom
  • 26-07-15

Gripping storyline

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was appealing to all of the family. Made a long journey pass pleasantly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

El Gato, he was the main character and his narration kept us all gripped. Not all of us are football fans but his account of football games were mesmerising.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

His meeting with Paul Faustino in which he recounts the game and penalties.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How I became the greatest keeper in the world.

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A page turner I wasn't expecting to enjoy! Highly recommend

Once I realised this was about football I thought I'd hate it but had to read it as part of our book challenge. But I loved it!! Well read and engaging story - I couldn't put it down.

Read it!