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Spud | [John van de Ruit]

Spud

Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes listeners of all ages on a rowdy boarding-school romp full of illegal midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave the entire family in total hysterics and thirsty for more.
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Publisher's Summary

It's 1990. Apartheid is crumbling. Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison. And Spud Milton - 13-year-old, prepubescent choirboy extraordinaire - is about to start his first year at an elite boys-only boarding school in South Africa.

Cursed with embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, a senile granny named Wombat, and a wild obsession for Julia Roberts, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home.

Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes listeners of all ages on a rowdy boarding-school romp full of illegal midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave the entire family in total hysterics and thirsty for more.

©2007 John van de Ruit; (P)2008 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"[Spud] is funny and the characters...are wildly eccentric." (KLIATT)
"A bestseller in South Africa, it's likely to be a hit with American readers as well." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 01-14-09
    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 01-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A really fun book!"

    I love this book! The narrator is terrific. I find myself laughing out loud in the car. The boys dorm world in 1990 South Africa is brought alive by the author & narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HJECS South Bend Indiana 02-17-09
    HJECS South Bend Indiana 02-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Insightful, Quirky, and Fun"

    Spud's insights stay with you long after the book ends. The author delves into heavy topics such as sexuality, racism, mental illness, and alcoholism. The irreverent tone of the young teenager named Spud makes the journey so much fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Faye Cobourg, ON, Canada 12-16-12
    Faye Cobourg, ON, Canada 12-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Very, very funny!!!"

    Very entertaining & funny. Excellent performance by the reader! My 15 year old son & I listened to this on a long car ride...it kept us entertained for hours! Definitely recommended!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CRISTY Bluffton, SC, United States 08-18-11
    CRISTY Bluffton, SC, United States 08-18-11

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    "So funny.. truly a must read!"

    This witty and cleverly written coming of age tale is hysterically funny and had me cracking up all the way through from beginning to end. John van de Ruit's SPUD is truly a feel good read for readers of all ages and all genders and one that has definitely earned a place on my favorite's shelf. I highly recommend the audio version narrated by Maxwell Caulfield available on audible.com. The added element of Caulfield's accented narration perfectly compliments John "Spud" Milton's story, as we relive this South African, thirteen year olds boarding school days through his first person journal. Brilliant!... bravo, great fun, a must read/listen!!

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    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09
    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Delightful Coming of Age Story"

    Anyone who's ever endured boarding school, and many who haven't, will enjoy the trials and tribulations of young spud as he navigates this right of passage. It's laugh out loud funny in many places and very touching in others. I chose it because it was set in South Africa where I had once studied, but the story is universal.

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    Tom raleigh, NC, USA 04-30-10
    Tom raleigh, NC, USA 04-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "1990 Monday 17th January"

    Rain man here, having issues even starting something that gets the day of the week wrong. Maybe the calendar in SA is non-Gregorian? Woe is me, as 19900117 was a Wednesday.

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