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Face Off
By author: Maureen Ulrich
Selling Points: "hockey, adversity, friendship"
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: Oct/01/2010
Pages: 272
Fiction Ages 13+
Price:  $12.95
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Jessie McIntyre has a perfect life in her new home town. She's going out with a great guy, and she's got lots of friends. She can hardly wait for her second season playing hockey with the Estevan Xtreme in a brand new girls league. But after Jessie makes a stupid decision at a high school party, Mark's not talking to her anymore. Then the Xtreme loses some key players, and she's not looking forward to hockey season either. To make things worse, high school is a whole lot more complicated than junior high ever was. Jessie could seriously use some GPS to help navigate the school cafeteria and the dressing room. Will she find a way to salvage her second hockey season and win back her boyfriend?
Resource Links - December 1, 2010
"This well-paced and detailed book appeals to the reluctant reader...Solid pleasure reading. The author's straightforward character development and theme exploration would support a fun novel study."
CM Magazine - November 5, 2010
"Ulrich gives young readers a superb novel with something to pique every interest....The personal issues among the young women on the hockey team, as well as with their boyfriends and parents, provide insights into the teen world of today...Teenage girls will enjoy the sports action of the novel as well as the personal intrigues and will quite likely meet themselves or their friends in its pages...Highly Recommended."

Awards

Moonbeam Award Silver winner, runner-up  US  2010



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