The Penalty: Posessed by the Evils of the Past (Paul Faustino #2)

Author(s): Mal Peet

Young Adult Fiction

In the second of the Paul Faustino novels by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet, teenage football prodigy El Brujito, "the Little Magician", has vanished without a trace and Paul finds himself reluctantly drawn into the mystery. As the city of San Juan pulses to summer's sluggish beat, Paul gets more than he bargained for as a story of corruption and murder unfolds, forcing him to confront a bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult.


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"Glorious, cartwheeling, magical, frightening" - Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Guardian; "Irresistible... A tale of murder, corruption, cruelty, faith and redemption with a light dusting of football... Impossible to put down." - TES; [...] intriguing undertones of black magic and some surprising twists. - Daily Telegraph; "The Penalty weaves together slavery, tribal magic and themes of modern-day corruption... Notable for its exceptional humanity, stylistic clarity and neat construction." - The Sunday Times; "Cogently constructed and elegantly written, this latest novel is teenage fiction at its best." - The Guardian; "A heady mix of slavery, football and the occult, this is another intoxicating read from an author who has proved himself an outstanding talent." - Publishing News; "Another superb read from a master storyteller." - The Bookseller

Mal Peet's first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Prize; Tamar won the Carnegie Medal; and Exposure was the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. A writer and illustrator, Mal produced many books for children throughout his lifetime, most of them in collaboration with his wife, Elspeth Graham.

General Fields

  • : 9781406370577
  • : Walker Books Ltd
  • : Walker Books Ltd
  • : 0.19
  • : March 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mal Peet
  • : Paperback
  • : 2
  • : 823.92
  • : 272