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SPUD

'Spud'
Spud, by John Howard van de Ruit, hardcover, 352 pages

For those with testosterone and a great sense of humor, Spud, by South African author John Howard van de Ruit is a great choice.

South Africa in 1990 might be foreign to American teens who have never heard of apartheid, but 13-year-old John Milton and the rowdy boys at boarding school make for an unforgettable cast of characters. Read the book, and discover the crude origins of John’s nickname, Spud.

Spud’s honest and often politically incorrect thoughts are refreshing and laugh-out-loud funny. And his silly — but occasionally insightful — diary entries are like catching up with an old friend who has gone off to college and come back with outrageous stories that you can’t quite believe.

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July 13, 2008 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment


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