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Power Plays

(The Jessie Mac Series #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  7 reviews

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

Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Coteau Books (first published August 1st 2007)
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Catherine Egan
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I swear I really am Canadian, born and raised, but I have to confess: I don’t get hockey. I’m not a big sports-watcher in general. So I can say with authority that a knowledge of or interest in the game is not required to enjoy Maureen Ulrich’s first book in the Jessie Mac trilogy, Power Play, about a not-entirely-likeable teenager navigating the treacherous waters of high school and team sports.

I had mixed feelings about Jessie while reading this book, and my ultimately positive take on her is
Ilford Dectol
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great read, about girls' hockey, and other girls' power plays, in the dressing room and beyond!
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Not really my genre but it was good.
Deborah Rush
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books to deal, realistically, with the trials of being a teen girl in todays volatile enviroment. Every girl ( and her Mom) should read it.
Bill Bunn
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Power Plays, by Maureen Ulrich, is a lovely read. I finally got around to finishing it last evening. It's the first of a trilogy. I cared about her main character, Jessie. Small town life alienates Jessie when her dad's career forces a move from Saskatoon to Estevan. Small-town teenage shenanigans alienate her to the point where a fledgling girls' hockey team is her only outlet. Even Jessie isn't sure how her hockey debut is going to work out. The hockey team, too, is on shaky ground. The player ...more
Keely Dunn
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very solid book. Jessie's reactions to everything difficult - the bullying, her loneliness, etc. - by covering up and pretending to be ok is very realistic. Some of the secondary characters were a little flat but at least many of them were active, strong girls - Kathy Parker was my favorite, probably because she has an immense temper and plays rough and I certainly relate to that in a sporting context. Ulrich does a great job in describing hockey plays accurately but without drawing them out t ...more
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I grew up in Edmonton and Calgary. I started writing horse stories when I was 11 and historical fiction during my high school years. In 1976 I returned to Saskatoon to attend university and graduated in 1980 with an education degree. My first teaching assignment was in Lampman, and I have pretty much been there ever since. I didn’t have much time for writing during the 80’s because I was too busy ...more

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