The Penalty (novel)

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The Penalty
First edition cover
AuthorMal Peet
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesPaul Faustino
GenreYoung adult sports novel
PublisherWalker Books
Publication date
2 October 2006
Media typePrint (hardcover & paperback)
Pages264 pp (first edition)
LC ClassPZ7.P3564 Pen 2007[1]
Preceded byKeeper 
Followed byExposure 

The Penalty is a sports novel for young adults by Mal Peet, published by Walker Books in 2006. It is the second (of three to 2011) football stories featuring South American sports journalist Paul Faustino. The teen football prodigy El Brujito ("The Little Magician") disappears without a trace and Faustino is drawn to the mystery. He unfolds the story behind the disappearance.

Walker's North American division Candlewick Press published the first U.S. edition in 2005.[1] A German-language translation was published in 2008.[2]

Peet and The Penalty made the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Prize shortlist[2] (six finalists).

For the next Faustino football book, Peet won the 2009 Guardian Prize and explained to the sponsoring newspaper about his second career (then aged 62) that he had felt 'football books for children were "pretty much hey"'. Also, "I used to play all the time. I would play football when it was light and read when it was dark. Now I get to play football vicariously."[3]


  1. ^ a b "The penalty" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Formats and Editions of The penalty". WorldCat. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Mal Peet wins Guardian children's fiction prize: A version of Othello which casts the Moor of Venice as a South American football star wins Mal Peet the 2009 Guardian children's fiction prize". Alison Flood., 8 October 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2012.

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The Penalty in libraries (WorldCat catalog) —immediately, first US edition