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Keeper (Paul Faustino, #1)
by Mal Peet
by Mal Peet
In this book the main character "el gato" is a famous soccer player that has succeeded his dream in winning the world cup. He in this book is giving a exclusive interview to a paper to publish on his thoughts of the world cup. He was said to be very poor and didn't have a very good life. Everything he did was a struggle yet he survived to tell the tale of his life. When he was young he was usually sent to work with his father to cut down trees and work in the jungle. Life was hard and everything seemed to be a matter of life or death. He always worked at his job until he became interested in soccer and learned because of a strange old man who taught him. He knew the secrets of being a great goalkeeper and told him secrets nobody would have ever told him. He told that in order to be a good goalkeeper you must always keep the kicker nervous and always attack before defending. Don't let the ball come to you but rather you go get the ball. He didn't grow up to become perfect yet he earned the world cup. Which he dedicated to his father. This tale seems to be rather very heartwarming for a poor little boy to grow up to become the greatest goalkeeper of all time. He even confesses on how he got to his place as the greatest by cheating on the last penalty shot of the world cup. He is said to have confused the kicker mentally to miss the shot. Yet it doesn't matter in the end for the world cup is in his hands and his tale, his legacy, his interview, his book is in ours.
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