The Madness Continues (Spud Series)

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The record-breaking, bestselling sequel to Spud!

It's 1991, and John "Spud' Milton's journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail's pace. Nearly fifteen, Spud's starting his second year at boarding school and-to his utter mortification-he's still a spud!

To make things worse, his dorm mates, the legendary Crazy Eight, have an unusual new member (Roger the cat), and his house is home to a new batch of unruly first years. Spud is soon ...

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Overview

The record-breaking, bestselling sequel to Spud!

It's 1991, and John "Spud' Milton's journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail's pace. Nearly fifteen, Spud's starting his second year at boarding school and-to his utter mortification-he's still a spud!

To make things worse, his dorm mates, the legendary Crazy Eight, have an unusual new member (Roger the cat), and his house is home to a new batch of unruly first years. Spud is soon plagued with women trouble, coerced into expulsion-worthy adventures, and frustrated to find his dreams of fame in tatters after landing the part of the Dove of Peace in a disastrous production of Noah's Ark.

Join Spud as he takes another tentative step forward while all around him the madness continues. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
This sequel to Spud (Razorbill/Penguin, 2007/VOYA December 2007) picks up at the beginning of the second term for John Milton, dubbed Spud by his dorm mates. It is 1991, and John has a girlfriend and hopes that any day now he will cease being a spud. His mates, known as the Crazy Eight, are back-Fatty, Rambo, Simon, Boggo, Mad Dog, Vern, and newest member Roger, the dorm cat. Before long, the Crazy Eight are in heaps of trouble with the headmaster and prefects and threatened with expulsion unless they settle down and pay attention to their classes. John's voice, heretofore a lovely soprano, is now changing, possibly ending John's dreams of a Broadway career. Can he find love and acceptance? Will the antics of his parents and grandmother cause him to die of shame? Will he ever escape the nickname Spud? Van de Ruit creates a memorable tableau of characters with the Crazy Eight and the various teachers and students at boarding school. Their antics are hilarious and just a bit reckless. There are plenty of late-night excursions to scare the first-year students and quite a bit of sneaking off to forbidden places. John is well grounded, however. He knows when things are getting out of control. He knows when he deserves to be punished. Although not quite a moral compass, John has an intact sense of fairness and justice. There are some gaps that readers unfamiliar with the first book might want filled in before they read this sequel; however, even with that deficit, there is much to attract reluctant male readers to this book. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
KLIATT - Myrna Marler
Spud, aka John Milton, is back at boarding school for his second year. His balls have still not dropped and before long, his girlfriend dumps him. He and his dorm mates, known as "The Crazy Eights" (even though one of them died in the previous novel and is replaced by a cat) continue their relentless pursuit of what—fun? Maybe, not so much. Maybe, just surviving the school year with all its assorted oddities and cruelties is the goal here. Of course, as the year progresses, Spud physically matures somewhat, making his nickname inaccurate, but in what are supposed to be comic adventures (yet seem more like exercises in endless acts of intimidation, ruthlessness, and brutality rather than good, clean fun), Spud makes his way through the school year with some success and only a few battle scars. No one dies this time, but one of the Crazy Eights is expelled. Another is deeply psychotic but receives no sympathy. In the meantime, Spud's parents are beyond eccentric, his grandmother (known as Wombat) is certifiable, and his teachers are all tyrants, drunks, or cuckolds, while the prefects could be perfect Nazi concentration camp guards. And this is supposed to be a top-flight boarding school in South Africa in 1991? Readers in South Africa apparently really like this series. Maybe teenage boys in America will like it as well, although what its redeeming qualities might be, aside from the comedy, remain a mystery. Reviewer: Myrna Marler
Kirkus Reviews
In the much-anticipated sequel to the surprise South African bestseller Spud (2007), John "Spud" Milton's tale of boarding-school life picks up with 14-year-old John ready for his next school year. He still hasn't reached puberty, hasn't cemented a relationship with Durban beauty queen Mermaid and is still a bit of a pawn in the boarding-school game. Spud writes his tale in his diary, a format that lends immediacy to his observations, proffering keen insights on universal themes of death, love, growing up and finding your way during a challenging time. Plenty of humor balances the crude machinations of bullies and braggarts, with Spud's fumbling attempts at romance, a drunken English teacher, his crazy grandmother (called Wombat), his moonshine-dealing father and a mother who wants to emigrate and leave it all behind. Those who enjoyed the first will likely love this volume; others may well tire of a 14-year-old boy's second catalogue of his boarding-school experiences. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595142450
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/17/2009
  • Series: Spud Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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    Posted January 17, 2013

    Andrew

    The tall athletic boy with ruby red eyes and abbs that r huge and spiked black hr hides tears as he hides.

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    The virgin girl walks in wearing a catholic school girl outfit. Her hair was in pigtails. Her saphires look and she doesnt seem to notice the boy.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Funny and entertaining

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! SO FUNNY. and i'm a girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    Great Book...

    This wonderful book is the 2nd in the series. I have really enyoyed reading this it, however that being said I do think the first book was the better one. This book was a little bit of a let down.

    I think that one must have been educated in the British/South African school system in order fully enjoy this book.

    Enjoy..!!

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    holy cow, this was good!

    i dare say, this is one of the most fantastic books i've ever read, the characters are developed even better throughout the sequal than the first. i do warn you not to read it at times where giggleing to yourself may be deemed inappropriate, i happen to know from personal experiances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    great book

    a great book to follow up the first spud unlocking new adventuress and horseplay from the crazy eight

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