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The Penalty


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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.


"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 *

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