‘Spud,’ a South African best-seller, amuses and delights

Harry Potter mania having subsided (insofar as that’s possible), we’re heading out of Hogwarts and all the way to South Africa for our next boarding-school adventures. Here we find 13-year-old John “Spud” Milton, nicknamed by his dorm mates after they see his you-know-what in the shower. A best-seller in its native country and fun for older kids and adults alike, this YA novel details farting challenges, illicit night swims, drunken parents—the stuff of adolescent dreams.

Spudby John van de Ruit