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David Randall (1972–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

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Born 1972, in New York, NY; Education: Swarthmore College, B.A., 1993; Columbia University, M.F.A., 1996; Fordham University, M.A., 2000; Rutgers University, Ph.D., 2005.

Addresses

Agent—Simon Lipskar, Writer's House, 21 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10010.

Career

Writer.

Writings

Clovermead: In the Shadow of the Bear (young-adult fantasy novel), Margaret K. McElderry Books (New York, NY), 2004.

Work in Progress

A sequel to Clovermead.

Sidelights

While still a graduate student, David Randall wrote Clovermead: In the Shadow of the Bear, a fantasy adventure novel. The story tells of Clovermead Wickward, a twelve-year-old tomboy, as she attempts to assist the innkeeper Waxmelt, a man who has raised her as if she were his own daughter. Clovermead's journey leads her into a battle between good and evil that allows her to see past society's many deceptions and find her own place in the adult world.

Jennifer Mattson, in a review of Clovermead for Booklist, commented on Randall's decision to add a dark side to his young heroine's personality, noting that it "puts an intriguing spin on the otherwise archetypal fantasy plot." A Kirkus Reviews contributor called Clovermead "vivacious, loquacious, precocious," and "a delightful heroine," while in School Library Journal, Jane G. Conner deemed the novel "a challenging high fantasy for those who can keep straight many details and forces, and who don't mind a good bit of violence." Dubbing Randall "a writer to watch," a Publishers Weekly contributor concluded that Clovermead will attract "fantasy buffs" due to its "fast-paced plotting and the turn of events at the end."

In discussing his novel and its influences, Randall explained: "Clovermead looks with admiration to L.N. Montgomery, Lloyd Alexander, Ursula K. LeGuin, C.S. Lewis, and of course, J.R.R. Tolkien. Unlike my heroine, I am not twelve years old, blonde, or female, but I have been known to fence, and I am told we talk alike."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, July, 2004, Jennifer Mattson, review of Clovermead: In the Shadow of the Bear, p. 1834.

Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2004, review of Clovermead, p. 580.

Publishers Weekly, August 2, 2004, review of Clovermead, p. 71.

School Library Journal, July, 2004, Jane G. Connor, review of Clovermead, p. 112.

ONLINE

Fables.org, http://www.fables.org/ (April 16, 2005), "David Randall."

NimbleSpirit.com, http://www.nimblespirit.com/ (June 28, 2005), Christy Risser-Milne, review of Clovermead.

WritersWrite.com, http://www.writerswrite.com/ (June 28, 2005), Claire E. White, review of Clovermead.

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over 1 year ago

hi, David. I met you more than 10 years ago when I joined you in a search for your ancestors' burial places. You contacted a former graduate of Swarthmore to find someone who could read Hebrew, and she contacted me.
I have enjoyed your Clovermead books and am happy to see that you have continued to be successful.
Best wishes for continued success.
Rita