Author(s): Mal Peet
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.
"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.