Spud by John van de Ruit
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Its 1990. Apartheid is crumbling. Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison. And Spud Miltonthirteen-year-old, prepubescent choirboy extraordinaireis 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.
"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." - Publishers Weekly, ages 12+
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Spud was published in South Africa in 2005 and became the fastest-selling novel by a South African in South African history, spending two years at the top of the bestseller list. A sequel to Spud, Spud: The Madness Continues is already available in South Africa and is planned for release in the USA in 2008.
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