Why did I let Jodi and Greg mix my drinks? And why did I drink them?
Jodi offers me her cup. "How about a sip of the water of life?"
"I'll have a coke," I say.
"Come on, Jessie Mac. Freakin' summer is right around the corner."
Mark scowls at me. What right does he have to approve or disapprove of everything I do?
On impulse, I grab Jodi's drink, and I guzzle it. Every last drop. It leaves a warm glow all the way down.
"All right, Jessie!" Jordan holds up his palm for a high-five.
"What do you say?!" Greg holds up his as well.
I smack both their hands, ignoring the sensation of Mark's eyes scorching the back of my neck.
"Got any more?" I ask.
Jessie McIntyre, 15, has it made. She's got the world's best boyfriend, great teammates, and a hockey coach she really looks up to. But a bad decision at a party changes everything. Worse, some of the guys at school seem determined not to let her, or anyone else, forget it.
Face Off is a recipient of a Moonbeam silver medal. Power Plays (Book 1 in the Jessie Mac Hockey Series) won a Moonbeam gold medal and was a finalist for the Saskatchewan Book Awards, Snow Willow Awards, and BC Young Readers Choice (Stellar) Awards.
Maureen Ulrich was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but grew up in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. She started writing horse stories when she was eleven and historical fiction during her high school years. In 1976, she returned to Saskatoon to attend university and graduated in 1980 with an education degree. Her first teaching assignment was in Lampman, Saskatchewan, and she has pretty much lived there ever since. She has been writing plays for young people since 1997. Two titles - Sam Spud: Private Eye (2007) and The Banes of Darkwood (2010) are available through www.samuelfrench.com. Maureen has also written and produced several professional adult productions - Snowbirds (2015), Diamond Girls (2016-2018), and Lords of Sceptre (2018-2019). Souris Valley Theatre in Estevan SK produced her full-length musical Pirate Heart (2018), scored by the incomparable Ben Redant. In her free time - of which there is not a great deal - Maureen loves to read and write, travel, knit, hang out at rinks and ball diamonds, golf, ski, and ride her motorcycle. Please visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or maureenulrich.ca.
What Is A Faceoff?
Chapter One - Breakaway - Book Three in the Jessie Mac Hockey Series
Maureen Ulrich - Author
Wanda Harron - Photographer
The Jessie Mac Dictionary