Friday, December 12, 2008
Top Ten (plus one) #8
#8 is Spud by John van de Ruit!
It's 1990 and the South African apartheid is falling. Nelson Mandela is being released from prison, and John Milton is starting boarding school. It is history in the making.
John is quickly nicknamed "Spud" (hence the title, and no I will not tell you why, you'll have to read to find out), and this is the journal he keeps during his first year away at school. Spud has some crazy dorm mates and friends, and they have some crazy adventures. (They are all called "the crazy eight". Crazy.)
Spud tells an (honest) account of his school adventures. You will laugh at the crazy dorm life he lives, you will sigh when he falls in love (perhaps more than once) and you may even cry (I will not give the plot away!).
Spud was originally published in South Africa in 2005, and there was so much good buzz around this book, that they published it in the states in 2007! Spud's adventures, thoughts and dreams will keep you reading page after page. Oh, and if you finish Spud, you can check out The Madness Continuities, which chronicles the second year of Spud's education!
I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Who just finished The Madness Continues and liked it just as much as the first book!)
P.S. There are rumors of a Spud movie, which I would wait in line to see!