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Re-issue of the hockey classic, originally written when the author was a teenager. This young adult novel has entertained thousands of young readers and appeared on many reading lists. Among its many honors:
- The Hockey Hall of Fame's Junior Education Program included Face-Off on its recommended reading list for the junior and intermediate levels.
- Recommended in the sports category of Best Books for Young Teen Readers: Grades 7-10 by John T. Gillespie
This new edition contains a bonus excerpt of the sequel: Offsides (Face-Off Book Two) and the young adult paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn.
Posted September 15, 2011
I don't normally read YA fiction but this one drew my attention for two reasons: I'm a fan of Stacy Juba's mysteries and I have been a huge Boston Bruins fan for close to 40 years. Knowing that this book centered around hockey made it a must read!
This is a great story that is so much more than a hockey read. We're shown the dynamics of a family experiencing both joys and difficulties. The four boys suffer sibling rivalry but also support each other completely. Juba's writing is engaging and I was immediately sucked into this family of hockey players.
Face-Off has no profanity or content that would be inappropriate for children. I highly recommend this one whether you're a hockey fan or just looking for a good story.
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Posted September 21, 2013
T.J. McKendrick can’t do anything right to please his father, despite the fact that he attends a prep school and is top of his class and on several sports teams. His twin brother, Brad, feels that T.J. is the apple of their father’s eyes and despite all of his hard work, he can barely maintain a C average in his public school. Brad hates school, but is looking forward to the start of hockey season. That is until their parents inform them that they can no longer afford T.J.’s school and they will both be forced to attend the same high school. Now Brad fears loosing his friends and the all important Captain spot at the start of hockey season. Not to mention, their younger brother Chris seems to keep getting in trouble and their parents are always arguing which upsets their youngest brother Jory. Will the twins come together to help there younger brothers or will the competition for attention and acceptance destroy their relationship for good?
Stacy Juba originally wrote this book when she was a young teenager, yet readers will not believe that while reading this book. Fans of hockey will love every single detail that takes place on the ice and about the ice. Non-hockey loving fans will not have to worry about being confused by statistics or technical jargon, since it is quite clear that Juba wrote this for every reader to enjoy. Readers will be chuckling at the antics of the youngest brother Jory, while readers’ heartstrings will be caught up effects of the tumultuous relationship of the parents. Readers will be able to relate to Brad, T.J. and their younger brothers. The sudden ending will leave readers needing more, but there is a small excerpt from the book’s sequel. Juba’s excellent talent for balancing human emotion, hockey and high school will create instant fans in the readers.
I loved this book! First off, I am a huge hockey fan. (Born and raised cheering on the Washington Capitals.) Second, this book perfectly demonstrates the inner turmoil inside families, whether it is the side effects of parents fighting or sibling rivalries. Even with the abrupt ending, I would highly recommend this book to middle school children or adult fans of hockey/YA books.
The author of this provided a copy for me to review.
This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
Posted December 19, 2012