Face-Off (Hockey Rivals, #1)

Face-Off (Hockey Rivals, #1)

by Stacy Juba

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Brothers battle on and off the ice in this action-packed young adult sports novel. It's head-to-head, skate-to-skate, winner takes all!

T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school his twin brother Brad attends. Now T.J. is a shining new star on the hockey team where Brad once held the spotlight. And he's testing his popularity with Brad's friends, eyeing Brad's girl and competing to be captain of the team.

Meanwhile, the boys also grapple with problems at home, including divorcing parents and a troubled younger brother. The whole school is rooting for a big double-strength win...not knowing that their twin ice hockey stars are heating up the ice for a winner takes all face-off.

Acclaim for Face-Off

Discover why this compelling teen book about hockey players, sportsmanship, and family has appeared on so many reading lists including Best Books for Young Teen Readers Grades 7-10 and a list produced by the Hockey Hall of Fame's Junior Education Program.

Originally published in 1992 when Stacy Juba  was just 18 years old, this new edition contains a special letter from the author and updates for the latest generation of readers.

Pick up your copy of Face-Off for the young sports fan in your life and score a goal for reading.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156548316
Publisher: Thunder Horse Press
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Hockey Rivals
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 223 KB

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Face-Off (Book One) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ldbell500 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. You don't have to be a young adult or hockey fan to enjoy this book. It is an easy reading book that teens and adults will enjoy. Readers will be able to identify with divorcing parents and sibling rivalry. I appreciated the sections of the book that showed the twins assisting their younger brother, Chris, with the problems he encountered dealing with his anger and resentment of his parents constant bickering and their separation.The twins even solved their sibling rivalry when they were forced to play on the same hockey team. Go read the book for the details. You'll be glad you did. I can't wait to read "Offsides" which is part 2 of Face Off.
chickey1981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Librarything in exchange for an honest review.Apparently, this is a reissue of a book that was written when the author was only 16. I was very impressed with all the hockey lingo and thought it was very well done. The twins interaction and the difficulties with the parents were very real. I was moved by all the relationships and how they evolved over time.I thought it was wonderful how the twins worked out a majority of their issues, but it almost seemed too easy for a long standing resentment, a fierce sibling rivalry, just to fade away. Of course, perhaps this is just the calm before the storm!I enjoyed reading this book a lot, and believe that sports fans and younger readers will really like it!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audiobook version of Face-Off. I typically prefer reading over listening to audiobooks because I have issues with the reader’s voice and not being able to go at my pace, which is usually faster. I scratched my eye and needed to keep it closed so the audiobook was a nice distraction for me. Maxwell Glick did an amiable job at narrating. I could easily tell which character was speaking even before he would say a name because of his change in dialects. I really enjoyed Face-Off. The story was very realistic. Twin brothers used to attend two different schools. Now they are both attending the same school and competing for the captain position on the hockey team. Stacy Juba does a great job showing the emotional issues both boys are facing. I could see many kids and adults relating to this story. I recommended this book to my son and the kids on his PeeWee hockey team.
bamauthor More than 1 year ago
Fast moving young adult novella centering around the issues of sibling rivalry, family relationships, the sport of hockey, coming of age, and divorce. The McKendrick Family is undergoing a crisis. Parents are constantly fighting and are on the verge of divorce. A.J. McKendrick is an out of work architect struggling to make ends meet, placing additional strain on the marriage. High school juniors and fraternal twins, Brad and T.J., strive to shine in hockey, but T.J. has the better grades. Dad places unrealistic expectations on T.J. When finances force the parents to remove T.J. from private school, the brothers are faced with a new situation for rivalry; how to play together on the same hockey team. Their younger brother Chris gets into fights in school and attempts to run away. All this emotional stress plays havoc on the lives of the family, their school, and their friends. In addition, there are the coming of age issues related to romance and future career plans. The short tale offers a lot to young teen readers. It is packed with action, emotional tension, details about the sport of hockey, and well-defined characters facing issues with which the reader may empathize. This book would be a good choice for a reluctant reader as the tone is conversational and smooth flowing. Juba immediately draws you in and holds your attention. Highly recommended for teens, particularly boys who love sports.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
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. Notes: The author of this provided a copy for me to review. This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
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.