The Bukowskis fight their way through

The Bukowski siblings have had a long summer at the lido. The days are getting shorter – but no less exciting! For Alf, the narrator, who finally takes up boxing and still thinks about the beautiful Johanna. (So often that he drops his guard while boxing and that hurts!) For Katinka, his tough sister, who is preparing her career as a model in Paris and even for the dreamy Robbie, who ticks a little differently than the other children and who will surprise everyone this winter.

The Bukowskis don’t have much money, and now their mum is also worried about losing her job at the bakery. In any case, spectacular birthday parties and the like are out of the question and Alf often longs for a quiet corner to retreat to in their chaotic little apartment. A place where he can think about himself and Johanna, or about his first boxing match.

And yet, Alf feels that he really has everything: a family in which everyone pays attention to everyone else, dreams that are respected and as much freedom as is needed to become strong and look forward to what is to come.

Next Round ties in with Will Gmehling’s The Lido; both children’s novels can be read independently of one another.

by Will Gmehling


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“The Bukowski‘s world is not rich, at least not in terms of money. But their life is rich in love, trust and solidarity! And the way Will Gmehling talks about it, we cannot get enought of it.“ – Maren Bonacker, Gíeßener Zeitung


“… also convinces with its sensitive narration and insights into an endearing family.” – Elisabeth Eggenberger / Fritz + Fränzi


“It is great fun to keep company with the siblings and their family, who manage to draw satisfaction from even the smallest things and to be open to other people. A delightful and warm-hearted story that resonates for a long time. Absolutely recommended!” – Kids Best Books


“Combining so many life themes in a wonderfully readable and exciting way in a children’s book is something very few authors* manage to do … This is really good children’s literature.” – Wiebke Mandalka, eliport


“A children’s literary homage to the power of family solidarity and sport – a true gem of a modern children’s novel!” – Jugendliteratur und Medien


Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 176 pp | 10+

Rights sold: Greek

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[original title: Nächste Runde. Die Bukowskis boxen sich durch]

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