Written by John van de Ruit. (Penguin Books). Guest Reviewed by Emma Rosmarin, 13, Grade 7. Spud 2 takes place in , when Spud is attending his. Start by marking “Spud: The Madness Continues” as Want to Read: Spud: The Madness Continues is just as funny as the first book chronicling Spud’s adventures at boarding school, and this time, his vacation to London with his parents and crazy grandma Wombat. John Howard van de Ruit. Spud (Spud, #1), Spud: The Madness Continues, Spud: Learning to Fly, Spud: Exit, Pursued by a · 15 Ratings · 2 Reviews · published · 4 editions.

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ISBN · · OCLC · Followed by, Spud - The madness continues. Spud - Learning to Fly Spud - Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Spud is a novel by South African author, actor, playwright and producer, John van de Ruit This book details Spud's third year at a school based on Michaelhouse, where. Spud 2: The Madness Continues () on IMDb: Plot summary, synopsis, and more. Find the complete Spud book series by John van de Ruit. Great deals on one book Spud: The Madness Continues - Book #2 of the Spud. Spud: The Madness.

The protagonist. Possessing a dry sense of humour and acid wit, Spud often writes of his discontent for his life, due to the major embarrassment he gets from having deranged parents, a senile grandmother and being part of one of the most notorious gangs in the school. Frequent topics of complaint are his spudness, his low self-esteem and various personal matters, such as his shaky relationship with his girlfriend, Mermaid. Being surrounded by madness often makes him question his own sanity. Spud also writes of his acting aspirations, and has two major school plays — Oliver! Despite his pessimism regarding his looks and spudness, his biggest surprise is the number of girls he attracts — by the final book, he has attracted the attention of at least six girls. Due to his parents' difficult financial situation, he got into the school through a scholarship. He is known for having a public affair with Eve, the drama teacher and wife of his housemaster, and his exceptionally brutal ways. He is described as being very muscular and has black hair. In his third year, he starts to become a kinder and much more protective person, and is often seen to threaten the second years with punishment if they make any attempts at initiating the first years. Charlie 'Mad Dog' Hooper — A fierce and ruthless thug-like boy so named because of his hunting habits.

Nevertheless, Spud finds him becoming a friend. She is described as being very beautiful with blonde hair and big green eyes, hence her nickname. In the first book Spud writes of her growing depression after her father moves out. She is very fickle and has little respect for Spud's heart, twice breaking up with him on Valentine's Day - the first time after having won a beauty competition and finding a more attractive boyfriend, and the second time to become a born-again Christian and establish a close relationship with a year-old cricket umpire named Gavin.

These events are a frequent topic that Spud writes about in his diary, and although it appears that he lacks the self-esteem to confront her about this, he eventually finds the strength in the third book, firmly telling her that "I don't think we can be friends anymore," although this incident brings her out in tears.

Despite these breakups, she continues to hold feelings for him, and he frequently writes of their strained interaction. Their relationship eventually reignites permanently after she breaks up with Gavin in Exit, Pursued by a Bear, and she becomes Spud's date to Matric Dance. Despite their continued relationship, her poor alcohol tolerance prevents them from engaging in intimacy, which becomes a source of frustration to Spud.

Amanda - Spud's second love. She is two years older than Spud and was cast in a leading role in the play Oliver!. Spud is enamoured by her, repeatedly describing her resemblance to actress Julia Roberts , but expresses his guilt over this, as he still loves Debbie.

Spud is bemused when she refers to him as her "boy toy" in the second book, due to her being in a relationship with a second-year varsity boy. She invites him to go on vacation with her during summer holidays, but his mother does not allow him.

Spud writes that she has called him a 'coward,' and a 'mother lover' for this. While at a social at Saint Joan's, Spud discovers that she is head girl of her house, and he is summoned to visit her. There, she kisses him, much to his surprise. Later, while he and the other cast members of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Wrexham College in Pietermaritzburg , she sends him a painting, painted by her father, of her in the nude, which astonishes the head teacher overseeing Spud's group.

Although he considers asking her to be his Matric Dance date, Spud appears to have severed all ties with her in Exit, Pursued by a Bear, after learning she had slept with Rambo on New Year's Eve, although he holds no ill feeling towards Rambo. Christine - a girl slightly older than Spud who is something of a slut, and who seems to have taken a shine to Spud.

When she acts in the school's production of Oliver! Despite this, Spud is disgusted and slightly disturbed by her - this is exacerbated when, while at a party at her house with Gecko with whom she formed a relationship in order to get close to Spud , she lures him into her bedroom and forcibly tries to get him to have sex with her.

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Based on his writings, Spud is the only boy in the entire series who turns down her advances, despite her persistence, suggesting he may be the only boy in the series she has genuine feelings for.

She continues to make advances on Spud when he goes to the Matric dance with Mermaid Christine had gone with Boggo. He first describes Brenda as "looking slightly Spanish," and says of Penny "She had that look about her that she might be stunningly beautiful in five years time.

He later reverts to his gluttonous ways after the two eventually break up in Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Brenda, Penny's best friend, has an obvious crush on Spud, but he has no interest in her at all.

After the social, she continues to stalk him through many letters and telephone calls, which he ignores, having been freaked out by her mildly disturbing personality and perverse sense of humour. Leanne - an attractive girl Spud briefly hooks up with at a hotel while holidaying with his parents. Although they don't meet again, Spud remembers his time with her fondly, and it gives him enough of a confidence boost to get back together with the Mermaid, and to ensure he keeps her.

He is also said to have a lisp, as seen when he attempts to pronounce Fatty's real name he promptly gives him his nickname. He leaves the school at the end of The Madness Continues.

Julian - A very camp Matric prefect whose favourite hobby is photographing the behinds of all the first years when they are beaten by Sparerib.

Spud's Head Chorister. He is also very sensitive around Spud. He leaves the school midway through The Madness Continues. Bert - Julian's sidekick and implied boyfriend. Leonard Pike - Spud's and the Crazy Eight's nemesis. He is often seen to be bullying most of the students, and often members of the Crazy Eight. He enjoys flashing himself to the members of the Crazy Eight, but this is often written off as being part of his behaviour.

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However, it is suggested that he has a homosexual crush on Spud, as he makes a sexual advance towards him at the end of the first book. He shows up in Learning to Fly and is made a prefect, much to the horror of the group, as they cannot do anything without getting into trouble because of him.

After he is de-prefected midway through the year, he suspects Spud ratted on him for his possession of illicit items Spud was actually doing some work for Viking.

In his very final appearance, he corners Spud at the cricket nets and, to Spud's shock, proceeds to passionately kiss him, confirming that he has a crush on him. As Spud recovers from this turn of events, Pike walks away, with his last words to Spud simply being "Something to remember me by.

Geoff Lawson - A friend of Spud's in a different house. He went to his farm on various occasions throughout the books. Grant "Earthworm" Edwards - Spud's prefect, and slave master, although he is usually very kind. Befriends Spud, mostly due to his interest in literature, and his sharing a name with John Milton , one of his favourite poets. Mr John Riley Crispo - The elderly history teacher. Spud reminds Crispo of himself when he was young and takes a likeness to him.

He does not teach the history syllabus as he is supposed to, but rather recounts his experiences in The Second World War. After he dies, Spud sings at his funeral.

Mrs Wilson, Eve - Drama teacher. Plays Nancy the prostitute in the school play Oliver! She cheats on her husband with Rambo. So nicknamed because "Eve came from Adam's sparerib. Referred to by Spud as "resident school Hitler," in second book. He replaces Sparerib as housemaster of Spud's house in Learning to Fly.

The same book gives his first name as Victor. Mr Glockenshpeel, The Glock - Headmaster. Nicknamed because of how dangerous he can be, as well as his strange name.

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Mr Wilson Sparerib - Spud's housemaster. Nicknamed because he lost a rib to bone cancer although the boys believed he lost it in a lion attack in the Kruger National Park. He leaves his post as housemaster after Rambo is returned to school in The Madness Continues, although he remains a teacher at the school. His pacifism usually results in many losses for his team. Reverend Bishop - The deranged school chaplain.

Lacks self-esteem and is incredibly gullible, as shown when he believes that Fatty has had an epiphany. This may be due to his domineering wife. He is a former Rhodesian Bush War veteran and harbours racial grudges, which he takes out on all the boys in his class, especially ones who are overweight.

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In June , the third book in the Spud series was released. Titled Spud - Learning to Fly. This book details Spud's third year at a school based on Michaelhouse , where he is now back at school and Pike returns for Post-Matric years and is a prefect. Pike being made a prefect means the Crazy Eight are vulnerable and cannot do anything without getting in trouble. The fourth and final book in the series, detailing Spud's Matric year , was released August , under the title "Spud -Exit, Pursued by a Bear.

After commercial success in South Africa it won the Booksellers award , the United States saw a release of this book It is now available in North America. The film was a massive success in South Africa, topping the box office, despite the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 at the same time. Following the success of the first film, production of a sequel, Spud: The Madness Continues , was confirmed in May , for a July shoot.

It was released in In , a third film, Spud 3: Learning to Fly , was released on 28 November.

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