Book Title: Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction, 174 pages
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.)
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.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
According to Clod’s teacher, everyone has magic and he can tell what magic they have. The only reason he wouldn’t be able to tell what type of magic someone has is if they’re evil so he has decided that Clod has evil magic since he can’t sense it. Clod doesn’t think he has any magic until he makes Ada out of clay.
As Clod grows up, the only friend he has is Ada. He’s bigger than everyone else, doesn’t look like they do so they call him ugly, and he has no magic (they think). Poor Clod is bullied all of his life but once he has Ada, it doesn’t bother him quite as much.
Clod Makes a Friend is a fantasy for middle grade readers but older readers will enjoy it too. I like that it isn’t only fiction but it teaches about bullying, self esteem, and not judging others if they’re different.
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