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David Randall (1972–) Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

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.


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




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.


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


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.


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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