"As fast-paced as the races described within...[Cree's] voice is constant and endearing...I would recommend [it] especially to boy reluctant readers." (Trafalgar School for Girls Online Magazine
"A clever puzzle that features a young man seeking to make his way." (Library Journal
"Wagamese, an Ojibway author and storyteller, has crafted a very strong story. Another thing that I really love is that this is part of the Rapid Reads series, a [series] of original, high-interest books that are designed for adult learners to enjoy." (Crowding the Book Truck blog
"[An] interesting and fast-paced read. One of the biggest strengths of the novel is Cree and his best friend, Ashton. Cree is honest and well developed....The novel handles the issue of gambling in a mature manner...The Next Sure Thing
is part of the "Rapid Reads" series that is aimed at reluctant adult readers. However, the book will appeal to older teen readers who are looking for something faster paced and shorter in length then some YA fiction." (CM Magazine
From the Back Cover
Suddenly I didn't like Hardy much. Beyond the charm and the dazzle was a coldness that worried me. His henchmen were buffoons, but there was a hard ugliness behind their playful natures. Still, the roll of bills felt good in my hand. Cree Thunderboy has two things he does well: he plays a mean blues guitar, and he has a knack for picking winning horses at the track. Picking winners is just a means to an end; Cree's goal is to be the next great bluesman. When he meets Win Hardy, it looks like he might be able to parlay his special skill with the horses into a shot at the fame and fortune he seeks. So long as he can pick the next sure thing.