SPUD--THE MADNESS CONTINUES... by John Van de Ruit

SPUD--THE MADNESS CONTINUES...

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59514-190-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2008