Publisher: Walker Books
In this excellent football story, set in modern-day South America, a hackneyed football reporter sits down with El Gato (the Cat), a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, to look back on his amazing life and career.
The story begins in a jungle near El Gato's home town and tells of his tough early training with a mysterious former goalie on a ghostly, perfectly-cut pitch, surrounded by trees. As well as charting El Gato's meteoric rise to fame, Keeper also has plenty of football action to keep enthusiasts happy.
This title was shortlisted for the 2004 Nestle Smarties Book Prize (age nine to eleven category).