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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
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Critic Reviews

"[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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 01-14-09

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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By HJECS on 02-17-09

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.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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