Book Review & Giveaway: Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen


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.


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My Review

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. 


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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8 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen

  1. Lacey Waters March 26, 2018 / 9:48 am

    This book sounds like a good lesson on bullying. thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 March 26, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      It does have some good lessons!


  2. David J Pedersen March 26, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Thank you for featuring Clod Makes A Friend, and for the thoughtful review. I really appreciate it!

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 March 26, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      You’re welcome. I enjoyed it.


  3. Gwendolyn Jordan March 26, 2018 / 10:22 am

    Sounds good

    Liked by 1 person

  4. John Smith March 26, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Looks like a fun, imaginative book!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. SaraAB87 March 27, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    This sounds like an awesome book that would engage kids.

    Liked by 1 person

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