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Next Round “a sure hit,” says Booklist

August 25th, 2016

 “The rise of Arthur Biyarslanov, known as the Chechen Wolf, and his journey from refugee to soccer star to Olympian are chronicled in a narrative biography that is both inspirational and timely. Opening with the Biyarslanov family’s flight from Chechnya in a sequence that could be straight out of a movie, the book draws the […]

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Next Round reviewed by Dameon Okposio for the DO Boxing Show

August 9th, 2016

Dameon Okposio of Below the Belt Magazine has posted a timely and supportive video review of Next Round: A Young Athlete’s Journey to Gold by John Spray on the DO Boxing Show. Since Arthur is currently competing for Canada in the Rio Olympics, we’re pleased to share both Dameon’s review and our transcription of it. […]

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Super Book Boy reviews Next Round by John Spray for Kids’ Book Buzz

July 14th, 2016

This may be the most exciting video we have seen all month. It’s good to know that there is a Super Book Boy out there watching over the most exciting new reads! [youtube][/youtube] Transcription: “Hello everyone, I am Super Book Boy, and today I have a new book for you. This book is called Next […]

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Quill & Quire reviews Next Round

June 7th, 2016

“John Spray – benefactor of the eponymous award – tells the story of 20-year-old boxer Arthur Biyarslanov, who overcame a turbulent childhood, fleeing war-torn Chechnya when he was three, spending years as a refugee in Azerbaijan before arriving in Canada when he was nine, learning two new languages along the way. Now one of the […]

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Next Round receives its first review from Kirkus Reviews

June 1st, 2016

“Spray captures little glimpses of Arthur’s young life—stealing fruit from the tree of his next-door neighbor and the old lady who gives him a talisman (a dog biscuit) to ward off jinni—as well as the sadness, lack of language, deprivation, and fear. The story here is of Arthur’s gradual rise in the world of sports, […]

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