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Hockey fans will be attracted by the cover and held by the game descriptions, and those who like realistic fiction will appreciate the complexity of the boys' home life, with battling parents, hero-worshipping younger siblings and a father who expects too little of one twin and too much of the other. A good read for both proficient and reluctant readers. Booklist


Lots of action and emotional upheaval ensure that this will be a popular book for boys as well as girls. This reviewer's YA Book Review Group gave it nine points out of a possible ten for 'Good Read' status. VOYA

About the Author

Thousands of readers have been captivated by the books of Stacy Juba. Stacy published her first book, a young adult novel, at age 18 and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has authored books for adults, teenagers and children. Stacy has written about high school hockey players, reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer who solves a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag, and lots more. Her titles include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim for adults; Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off for young adults; and The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children's Bundle for children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466216832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466216839
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children. She has written about ice hockey, sibling rivalry and sportsmanship, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths solving mysteries. Her latest novel Fooling Around With Cinderella (the first in the Storybook Valley chick lit sweet romance series) is coming soon. Stacy is always happy to hear from readers. Feel free to say hello on the following sites:

Website: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) on December 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Harris on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is geared towards young adults and I found it to be a good read that held my attention throughout. I read it in just over a day. It is mainly about 2 fraternal twin brothers. One goes to private school and the other goes to public school. Both play hockey and when their parents can no longer afford the private school T.J. has to transfer to public school with his brother Brad. This story gets into everyday problems like sibling rivalry and kids dealing with their parents divorcing. It also teaches a good lesson on how even brothers can overcome their sibling rivalry and work together to achieve a goal. I enjoyed this story and just may have to pick up the next one when it comes out. I received this through a member giveaway program in exchange for a review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aly on December 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it wasn't my typical hockey book. Most times I go for hockey romances but this was different. It was intriguing to see a book that does involve hockey without the romance. But at the same time I enjoyed the switch up. It's always nice to take a step outside your comfort zone.

The relationship between the two main characters was strained and awkward. Certainly not the idea you get when you think of twins. It was amusing as well as frustrating to see how their relationship was.

And then just going through and seeing how the two change and grow a bit in their relationships and whatnot was great. It was marvelous to see.

Overall I did enjoy this book although I found that you didn't get a lot of the thoughts that you did read in other books. There was a lot of dialogue more so than other books. Which isn't a bad thing, just different.

I did enjoy the uniqueness of Face-Off and suggest it to anyone who has teenagers or whatnot.

Find this review and many more at (http://readingshy.blogspot.ca)Reading Shy With Aly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tifferz on November 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I get a charge out of a hockey story as long as it is soundly written. I am please to say Stacy has competence in her storytelling. I appreciate the characters and what they experience. I dig the witty banter among brothers and friends. My heart went out to those boys when at home. Another pleasing story that keeps you thirsting for more. I will be awaiting the arrival of Offsides. It will be fun to see how things play out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle VINE VOICE on September 15, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fettwolf on September 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
A well written novel where the family dynamics, sibling rivalries, jealousies, and high school hockey come alive on the pages. The conversations between the characters are realistic and you feel like you are a part of it and will laugh, roll your eyes, and smile along with the characters themselves. You'll end up rooting for the twins and hoping everything works out in the end. It is a story that held me captive to the last page and I cannot wait until the second novel comes out to find out what happens next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.Riz on September 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
A great young adult read! Boys and girls alike will relate to the frustrations and feelings that fellow teens go through every day. The hockey scenes are exciting and will keep all readers entertained. I read it before my boys and the author kept even me wanting to see what happens next. What a wonderful book to motivate our children to read, I guarantee they won't want to put it down.
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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.
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