Breakaway by Maureen Ulrich
(Jessie Mac)

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Jessie is in her last year of high school and finally playing AAA, the highest level of minor hockey there is. She’s been made captain, and she’s putting relationship disasters behind her by dating wonderful, sensible Evan. So what if he’s safely away at university where she can ignore his calls and texts? And so what if her old-news feelings about old flame Mark, and uncomfortable new feelings towards new guy Liam, refuse to be ignored? At last, Jessie really has things worked out.

But things have a way of conspiring against her, and somehow Jessie ends up fighting rumours that threaten her captaincy, rumours some of her less-than-supportive team-mates are only too happy to keep alive. Meanwhile, her eleven-year-old sister Courtney falls in with sophisticated older friends, and their parents seem oblivious to the problem.

New Year approaches, bringing an important tournament, increasingly outlandish behaviour from Courtney, and what looks like a head-on relationship collision from three directions. It’s time for Jessie to grow up, step up, and fix things once and for all.

About Maureen Ulrich

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Face Off is Maureen Ulrich's second hockey novel for teens. Its prequel, Power Plays, received critical acclaim and was a finalist in the Saskatchewan Book Awards. She is also an avid playwright, having created 26 plays for young people and 4 for adults. Maureen Ulrich was born in Saskatoon in 1958, but grew up in Edmonton and Calgary. She obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, and has taught middle-years students for 23 years, as well as working in the oil-field industry. Maureen currently lives in Lampman, in southeastern Saskatchewan.
Published July 1, 2012 by Coteau Books. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Gr 9 Up—Jessie's love life is a mess, her little sister needs constant attention, her schoolwork is harder, and she has the added pressure of getting into a good university. Her new hockey team is an AAA division team, which means harder practices, road trips, and tougher teams. Throughout the st...

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