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Spud by [De Ruit, John Van]
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4.9 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Some rave reviews from South Africa:

Funny, fast-paced and wonderfully observant (Book Shelf The Daily News)

Once you pick it up it's almost as if the pages turn themselves (Metrobeat)

Achingly funny (Sunday Times Lifestyle)

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Some rave reviews from South Africa: Funny, fast-paced and wonderfully observant -- Book Shelf The Daily News Once you pick it up it's almost as if the pages turn themselves Metrobeat Achingly funny Sunday Times Lifestyle

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1537 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RUA4HU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
SPUD has been compared to THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, but I see it more as a twisted Harry Potter minus the magic and the nasty, evil villain. It is boarding school at its craziest and best.

Even though it is set in South Africa, and I'm guessing that most of its readers will not have attended boarding school, teens everywhere will be able to relate to the trials and tribulations of main character John "Spud" Milton.

Through Spud's diary, the reader gets to follow the antics of The Crazy Eight. Their wild adventures include the infamous "night swims," porn magazines and videos, attempts to break the school farting record, and investigations into the mystery of the school's resident ghost. All their schemes and pranks are done at the risk of being caught by Headmaster Glockenshpeel, known as "The Glock."

Spud not only deals with all craziness while at school, but he also deals with issues when he goes home during breaks. His father is a drunk who is sure the country is doomed now that Nelson Mandela has been released and Apartheid is over. Spud's mother puts up with his father's nonsense most days, but there are frequent, loud battles which sometimes end in her throwing him out. Add to all that a seriously senile grandmother Spud calls the Wombat. She has never-ending stories that, due to her declining mental abilities, she constantly repeats. Spud's father is seriously considering poison as a method for ridding them of his obnoxious mother-in-law.

John van de Ruit's book is sure to be a success here in the U.S. His newfound fans will be happy to know he is at work on the further adventures of Spud and the gang.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Format: Paperback
I remember coming across this book, just as it had been released, in a book shop in Johannesburg Airport as I waited for my flight back to the UK. I had never heard of it before but after reading the blurb I decided I would take a chance and spend the last of my money to buy it.

And thank the Lord in Heaven above that I did buy it! This book is absolute comic gold dust. It follows the story of John 'Spud' Milton, a young white South African boy as he begins a scholarship at a South African boys boarding school.

To sum John 'Spud' Milton up for you - He is the protagonist. Spud in general dislikes his life, due to the major embarrassment he gets from having slightly deranged parents, a senile grandmother (affectionately known as Wombat) and being part of one of the most notorious gang in the school. He is very pessimistic about many aspects of his life, especially his spudness and has a low self-esteem when confronting personal matters. Sparerib watches him with much concern and offers him much support. He consistently worries about his own sanity. Has many goals, such as being a star cricketer, actor, detective, freedom fighter and many more. Is certainly popular with girls (as he is the object of affection of three girls). Got into the school through a scholarship. Best known in the school for his lead part in Oliver!.

This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me laugh so hard that I cried, it made me laugh so hard that I wet my pants a little. Thats how brilliant this book is. You must read it!
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This book is one of series of 4 and this review is really a summary of all four. I was introduced to "spud" while holidaying in the author's homeland of South Africa. I read the first book and could not put it down - I literally laughed til my sides hurt to the bemusement of my family. The book certainly revived my interest in reading books.

Have purchased and read all four now and the laughs (and some sadness) continue throughout the series. As some have already said, you will either love them or hate them but if you do love them you really will love them.

as Simon Cowell might say "I didn't like them - I loved them!"
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The cover says you will be rolling around, and you will be.

What with manic parents, crazy teachers, insane girlfriends, and bizzare friends this book is the best.

Read it you won't be dissapointed. What gets me though is it really is true to life.

Well done John.
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Absolutely amazing, everyone can relate to one character or another. I'm older than the target audience but the book was sustained and had great plot and character development so that I loved it, too! Fantastic!
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I bought this book for my 15 year old son, but thought I'd read it too, after the glowing review in the Guardian. What a fantastic book! I have never laughed so much reading a book. Be careful, though, if buying for a young person. There are some sad, scary & cruel moments - it is set at a boys boarding school after all...
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i was given this book by a friend (who hadn't read it). i was about to dump it on the pile of 'oh i'll get round to reading that eventually' books, when i started casually flicking through it...
that was it. i was hooked.
never before have i been so caught up in the world of a 14yr old boy and his mates. it was wonderful.
it is written so simply and brilliantly. i couldn't wait to pick it up again after only putting it down because i was so sleepy i feared dropping it and forgetting which page i was on.
it was a book i expected nothing from and it delivered probably one of the best reads i have had this year.
odd but true.
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