26 March, 2018

Clod makes a friend by David J. Pedersen - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Book Title: Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen

Category: Middle-Grade Fiction, 174 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Odysia Press

Release date: March 2018

Tour dates: March 26 to April 13, 2018

Content Rating: PG (There is no bad language, but there is one "boss fight" scene.)

Book Description:

Best Friend Ever?

Bullies love to hate Clod. Not just because he’s bigger, clumsier, and uglier than his classmates - he’s also the only student in his school without magic. In a world where all magic is possible and everyone else is born with great gifts to do amazing things, Clod is alone.

Living with his mum in a broken-down cottage on barely enough, the only thing Clod has to play with is the clay she occasionally brings him. Bleak is an understatement. More than anything, Clod wants a friend. The only way that’s going to happen, is to make one himself.

After an angry visit from the worst of the bullies, his teacher Learned Yugen, Clod’s clay sculpture of a little girl comes to life and introduces herself as Ada. For a clay girl barely the size of his hand, she has more confidence and courage than he knows what to do with. Every adventure she leads him on gets Clod into trouble. She may be the friend he wants, but is she the friend he needs?

After many years, and too many pranks, Yugen becomes convinced that Clod is tainted by the evil slowly infiltrating the Kingdom of Pag. Especially when Ada isn’t the only one Clod can bring to life.

Clod Makes A Friend is a bittersweet fairy tale for all ages from David J. Pedersen, author of the Angst series of fantasy novels.

My Review

Actually, a middle-grade fiction with fantasy is not my favorite genre. So, I started reading this book with certain doubt that I might not like it.

This is the story of a boy "Clod", who is fat and considers himself as ugly and is bullied by friends all the time. But, Clod inherits a great talent from his father of sculpting a girl from clay and giving it a life. His magic thus helps him to find a friend that he created - Ada. Even though everyone including his school teacher discourages him saying that he is a dumb guy with evil magic, he proves himself self-less and helps the people in his town. 

The story flows through different life stages of Clod from a little boy to an old man. It also depicts the friendship of Ada and Clod. When we really love a person, we tease each other, understand and help each other. We don't get hurt by them and don't think of doing any harm to other. This innocent friendship is maintained by Clod throughout his life. Clod tries to help others even when he knows that he will lose his close friend for some time by helping them. 

The story is interesting and unpredictable. I feel this is a good read for children who are entering middle school. The story is long but has enough twists. The cover of the book is perfect and the title is apt. The narration is cool for kids and there is some good vocabulary to learn. 

Overall, I loved the book a lot and I recommend this to all children above 9 / 10 years old. 

My Rating: 5/5

Ps: I have received this book from the author through iread tours in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book. 

About the Author:

David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his hometown Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000-foot mountains and marched in The University of Wisconsin Marching Band and written 4 fantasy novels. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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