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Power Plays

by Maureen Ulrich

Power Plays
Fourteen-year-old Jessie moves to a new city and learns teamwork, self-reliance and a new kind of friendship when she joins the girls' hockey team.

Fourteen-year-old Jessie moves to a new city and learns teamwork, self-reliance and a new kind of friendship when she joins the girls' hockey team.

Jessie has left the close friendships she's had since her childhood and isn't having an easy time fitting into her new Grade Nine class.An older girl, Kim, takes a disliking to her, pushing her around and setting her up to be attacked by a group of really rough kids who land her in jail. It looks like life is going to be downhill from now on.

Then, because she used to play ringette, Jessie is invited to try out for the girls hockey team. She doesn't expect to like it, but as her skills grow, she makes new friends - girls who respect each other and rely on each other's strength and hard work. Some even help her resist the bullies, until she can stand up for herself - stand up to Kim, who's a pretty good hockey player herself, although not as good as she thinks she is. A fast-paced story about hockey, peer pressure and finding yourself.


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5" x 7" 304 pages
12.95 CDN; 10.95 USD
E-Book Price
Teen Novel Tradepaper 13+
Maureen Ulrich
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About the Author

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.

From the author: I started writing long fiction around age 11. I was "horse crazy" in those days, and nearly all my novels featured feisty teenage girls, wild stallions and the foothills of Wyoming. Inevitably, the distractions of university, career, and family forced me to put my creative impulses on the back-burner. About fifteen years ago, I was asked to write a play for the junior high school where I taught.

I had so much fun writing and directing that I began penning one or two student productions a year. I just kept on writing scripts and eventually stepped into the realm of adult community theatre in my home town of Lampman. In 1999, I returned to the long fiction genre when I started writing Power Plays. My teenagers are still feisty, but the horses have been replaced with hockey, and the Wyoming foothills have given way to the wonderful and windy plains of Saskatchewan. I guess I've come full circle.



Nominee, 2009-2010 Stellar Awards
Winner, 2008 Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fiction
Finalist, Reader's Choice Award, 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards
Finalist, Young Adult Fiction, 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards
Finalist, First Book Award, 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards

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