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A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal

by Mal Peet

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    Jan 2007, 432 pages
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Keeper, Mal Peet's debut novel for teens was published in October 2003; it won the Branford Boase Award and a Nestlé Children's Book Award. Tamar is his second book for teens. It won the Carnegie Medal* shortly after being published in the UK in 2005, and has recently been released in the USA. His third book, The Penalty, a follow up to Keeper, was published in the UK in 2006 and in the USA last month (Aug 2007).

After university, Peet tried to teach but "quit and went on walkabout" He worked in a hospital mortuary, hung out with a bunch of gypsies and worked with a road crew in Canada. In the 1980s he began to write and illustrate books for ...

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