Face-Off was originally released in 1992 when its author, Stacy Drumtra, was a teenager. Since then, this popular young adult novel has appeared on numerous reading lists for young people. Here are a few of the honors and reviews the book has received over the years:
The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Junior Education Program included Face-Off on its recommended reading list for the junior and intermediate levels.
Best Books for Young Teen Readers: Grades 7-10 by John T. Gillespie -Recommended in the sports category.
Booklist: "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."
VOYA: "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."
Kliatt: "With lots of sports action and only 117 pages, the book has appeal for reluctant readers."
Review & React: "This book is about hockey, but it is about more than that, too. It also shows how parents can impact their kids' life and how to deal with change ... This book reminds me of Miracle."