Spud [NOOK Book]

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The record-breaking, bestselling Spud arrives in paperback

JOHN ?SPUD? MILTON takes his first hilarious steps toward manhood in this delicious, laugh-out-loud boarding school romp, full of midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave the entire family in hysterics and thirsty ...
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Overview

The record-breaking, bestselling Spud arrives in paperback

JOHN ?SPUD? MILTON takes his first hilarious steps toward manhood in this delicious, laugh-out-loud boarding school romp, full of midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave the entire family in hysterics and thirsty for more!


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

John Milton, 13, a scholarship student at an elite boys' boarding school in South Africa, records his disturbing but often hilarious exploits in this diary-style first novel set in 1990. As the year begins, President F.W. de Klerk decriminalizes the African National Congress and orders the release of political prisoner Nelson Mandela-but not even massive societal upheaval can get pre-pubescent boys to think about something other than girls, or set aside their depraved trick-playing. Nicknamed Spud because of his small "willy," John reports without judgment the events around him. The large cast of housemates includes mayhem leaders Rambo and Boggo, who instruct in "how to rape and pillage schoolgirls," Gecko, who succumbs to every passing malady, and Fatty, an overeater intent on breaking the school's sustained-fart record. The faculty is another can of mixed nuts: the drama teacher, unimaginatively named Eve, seduces an underclassman; the Guv begins English class by calling Henry James "a boring poof" and tossing his novels out the window. In many ways Spud appears to be a literary cousin of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson, whose diaries also detail, in colorful slang, life with whacked-out relatives, obsession with emergent sexuality and school-related capers. There's a bit more heft here-away from home, Spud sees his parents' racism clearly-but he doesn't come of age: he's a star choirboy whose voice hasn't broken. After all, there are three years of school left and a sequel due next fall. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)

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Redbook
An instant laugh . . . Meet Spud, and expect the unexpected.
Best Life
A rare book that men and their sons can laugh about together.
Entertainment Weekly
A deeply funny chronicle of male adolescence. B+
Times Lifestyle
Achingly funny.
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up
This South African import, very successful in its own country, makes the ocean crossing uneasily. Written in diary format, the story tells of a 13-year-old boy who is in his first year at boarding school in 1990, the year that Nelson Mandela is released from prison. He is called "Spud" because of the diminutive size of his genitals. The book documents the sometimes violent, sometimes chaotic atmosphere of his school. Characterized on the cover as "a wickedly funny novel," the book tries hard but fails to exhibit any humor. Spud's parents are presented as ridiculous and bizarre, with his father nailing his doors and windows shut and calling Spud to tell him that "the barbarians are at the door" when Mandela is released. There is plenty of sexual and South African slang terminology. With plodding language and little insight into the many characters at the boarding school, the novel is unlikely to find much of a readership.
—Sue GiffardCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
If anyone's capable of portraying hell, it's John Milton. In this case, hell is an elite, all-boys boarding school in Durban, South Africa, in 1990, and Milton is 13-year-old John "Spud" Milton, his nickname referring to the diminutive private parts of this preadolescent boy, an indicator of the level of humor and behavior (and privacy) at the school. Spud is a good guy, a companionable narrator whose journal captures his first year-classmates Mad Dog, Rambo, Gecko and Fatty, and teachers Sparerib, Viking and The Guv. Spud is a good observer and, unfortunately, his portrayal of boarding-school life rings true. A parallel story line-Nelson Mandela's release from prison-lends depth to Spud's tale as he begins to develop a social conscience. Some readers may tire of 300-plus pages of random acts of meanness and the parade of quirky characters, but those humored by it will be eager for the forthcoming sequel. A bestseller in South Africa, it's likely to be a hit with American readers as well. (Fiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101217764
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Series: Spud Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 135,964
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN VAN DE RUIT was born in Durban,South Africa, in 1975. John is an actor, writer, producer and playwright, and is now at work on Spud: The Madness Continues.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Oh baby...this book was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    An excellent book i cant beleive it... my grandma gave me this book (even though she knew about everything that happened in it...go grams!) and i loved this book...i thought it would be some stupid book about and idiodic kid who is on a mystery or something. This book is very appropiate for all ages...not really. (even though i will recomend it to my grams husband and see how much he luvs the book) The book is about a kid nicknamed Spud because he as a small...nvr mind. And he and his family move to south africa and goes to a boy private school...with no girls (shame..jk =]) and all these kids are krazzzzzzzzy. And many inapropiate things happen that mabey u should ask ur parents about...(even though i didnt ask mine cuz that could have been bad) But its a great book and it shows what boys lives are like.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Stellar book. Its absolutely amazing and had me in stitches thro

    Stellar book. Its absolutely amazing and had me in stitches throughout it. All boys private prep school leads to crazy shenanigans such as night swimming, illegal activities, dealing with women, and attempting to survive a school. Favorite book and I throughly recommend it to all. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2009

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its great for teens, especially boys. It is really funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was laughing out loud when I read it!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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." <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    To saphire

    Heeellloooo

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Spud

    Spud is a wonderful read I recomend this book to everyone to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Cover info misleading

    Bought this as I am always trying to find books for my young teen son to read . . . thankfully I read it before handing it to him. Very graphic and perhaps accurate regarding the setting, I did enjoy reading it but will not be passing it along to him for a few more years. Maybe he would not be shocked or titillated but it's definantly not a good mom present!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    Quite possibly

    the most incredible book I've ever read! I know that is my opinion but it's true! It is hilarious and it was also sad towards the ending, I cried. I have never cried during a book. I stopped reading this book for a while (eye problems) and I wanted to pick it back up pretty bad, because I really liked it and I was really into. Even though I had eye problems I started reading it again, I couldn't take not reading it!!! This book is really amazing, and I recommend it to everyone! Including boys!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    Best book ever

    This was the best book i have ever read in my entire life. Im not a very fast reader but when i was reading this book i just couldnt stop. I probably finished it in one to three days. but if anyone wants to read an amazingly good book (teen or adult) this is the one you should choose!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Amazing

    If your a guy you will basically love this book. I mean wow! it was... i couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    Great Book

    This book is the best book out there for teenage boys. I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    The Book You Will Love Forever!

    i recentanly read 'Spud', and i thought it was the best thing i have ever read, and i have read a lot. i probably read about two books a week, but with this book i read it in a day. John Van de Ruit puts so much greatness into the book that will make you love it for a long time. Almost every single sentanace in the book is funny, and is a perfect book for BOYS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    Great Book!!

    So so good! where can I get my hands on the sequel??

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Its wonderful

    Spud was a great book, filled with pages of laugh-out-loud humor. I would recommend this book to any adolescent boy or girl up through adults! It contains some details that may not be appropriate for children under 13, but it is definitely worth reading! I loved this title and look forward for the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    for anyone

    At frist I didn't know spud was a boys book .After two days I was half through the book.then my friend told me he had read the same book. He got it off line .He told me it's a boys book. That was the frist time I read a book that was'nt for girls. But I didn't care because it was such a good story and gave me look in to what boys really think.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    A must read for teenagers and adults everywhere!

    This book is amazing! It is my second favorite of all time,(LOOKING FOR ALASKA IS FIRST) and I've read over 1,000 books in my short 13 year old life. I walked into this book thinking it is another one of those teenage angst books, the ones that are all relatively the same, but what I got was much more. Not only does it give you a realistic outlook on the life of a young teen my age, but it does it in a very comical and entertaining way. By the time I was done with this book, my family thought I was crazy for all the lauging out loud this book forced from me. Each page makes you want to read more and more and more. The pages practically turned themselves.I lent this book to one of my friends who loves to read almost as much as I do, and she had it read the next day. Kids found out about how much we both liked it, and now there is a waiting list to borrow my book. Oh well, time for me to study for a test tomorrow! Thanks!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Top Ten Books

    Having just visited South Africa, this book ehanced my experience. The plot is great, and it is well written! A definite must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    John to saphire

    Hey saphire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Saphire

    Hello John.

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    Posted May 11, 2010

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