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. To call his life bleak would be 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, 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, his teacher, 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.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This book looked like something that perfect for my younger son, who really enjoys the fantasy Harry Potter style books.
First, the story-telling is very rich and immersive, we found ourselves in his world, with wonderful descriptions and heart-string pulling events.
We really got into the story, and the characters. So many of the themes in the book resonate so well with everyone. Bullying, not fitting in, feelings of self doubt, being sad and alone.
I was absolutely amazed at the beautiful descriptions and storytelling which had me imagining every twist and turn of the book. This has some deeply emotional parts that might even choke up a parent, so... no shame.. Just saying.
The voice actor may be one of my new favorites on Audible - what a fantastic job with the different characters, and even as Clod ages. Loved it!
I would absolutely recommend this fantastic novel by David Pedersen, and all of his other books as well, such as the Angst series. Pick this up today!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Clod Makes a Friend?
** SPOILER ALERT ** - spared ya!
Which character – as performed by Wayne Farrell – was your favorite?
Clod and the shaman
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The title is perfect! Clod Makes a Friend