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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: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. 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 E-Book Bundle for children. Her latest novel Fooling Around With Cinderella (the first in the Storybook Valley chick lit sweet romance series) is coming soon.

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The narrator is perfect for this story and he does a great job with the different voices.
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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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I enjoyed reading this book a lot, and believe that sports fans and younger readers will really like it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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1 of 1 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 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 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Fabiani on April 13, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Brad and TJ are fraternal twin brothers who love playing hockey. Their father has aspiring goals for TJ attending an Ivy League university and therefore places him in a private high school, whereas Brad goes to the local public high school, until the family's financial situation changes, and TJ must now transfer to public school. All of this causes resentment on both sides, with TJ feeling pressure from his father to perform and Brad feeling he isn't as good as his brother. Things heat up when TJ becomes the new kid in Brad's school and is vying for captain of the hockey team. With their parents on the verge of a break-up and pressure mounting in the hockey rink, Brad and TJ will have to face-off and pull together to win.

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of this re-issue of a book initially written in 1992 by the author when she was sixteen and published when she was eighteen. The storyline and plot flow smoothly as the author builds the characters of two teens in the midst of problems both in the family and at school. The dialogue is realistic and the teens sound like teens, no surprise since the author wrote this when she was a teen. I'm not a hockey fan but I could easily see how much the author knows about hockey and the game, making it even interesting for a mom like me who doesn't have any kids playing the sport.

Maxwell Glick, the narrator, does a good job of changing tones when voicing all the different boy characters in this novel. I could distinguish the subtle pitch in TJs voice that was slightly different from Brad who was more of a hot-head.

This is a YA novel about hockey, family and brotherhood. This book is a quick read and ideal for anyone who likes hockey within a school setting or who just likes a good clean YA read.
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