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Peet, Mel.
New York : Candlewick Press,2005
IL 5-8, RL 5.3
ISBN 0763627496
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A teenaged boy lives in the jungle in South America and knows little of the outside world. He played soccer for a while, and was nicknamed El Ciguena –the stork-due to his skinny legs, arms and torso. But after a couple of years, he quit, bored of the sport. El Ciguena’s mother wants him to be a scientist, so he dutifully studies hard in school and goes into the forest to sketch the different plants and creatures of the jungle. One day he finds himself in the clearing and he meets a ghost…an undead soccer Keeper who teaches El Ciguena how to become South America’s greatest soccer player. El Ciguena becomes El Gato, the cat, and leads his team to win the World Cup.

Keeper is an unusual sports story with all of the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and a magical twist.  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School,  Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2006-2007)

SUBJECTS:     Soccer -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Coming of age -- Fiction.
                        Brazil -- Fiction.

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