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Clive Woodall

Clive Woodall(1958- )
Clive Woodall was a supermarket produce manager who wrote One for Sorrow, Two for Joy as a bedtime story for his two sons.

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy & Seven for a Secret

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy & Seven for a Secret — (2005) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Welcome to Birddom — a land where Magpies rule. Dark forces are at work. An evil intelligence is masterminding their inexorable rise. Dominance has been achieved by systematic genocide and slaughter. In Birddom, blackbird and sparrow have been exterminated. The magpie has replaced the pigeon in the city and the starling in the garden. For small birds throughout the land, survival is everything. Birddom needs a hero. A bird to fight in the darkness, and bring light back to the land. But what can one bird do in the face of such evil?

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One for Sorrow, Two for Joy: Nice idea, weakly and palely executed

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One for Sorrow, Two for Joy by Clive Woodall

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy is one more in the vein of animal kingdom books, the classic one of course being Watership Down. Sorrow doesn't approach the skill, majesty, or emotion of Watership Down but that's hard to fault it for, as few books do. The problem is not that it doesn't hold up well against a classic but that it doesn't hold up well against your average book either.

The story's premise is sound enough. Birdom is threatened by a great evil in the form of marauding magpies committing genocide against the other species. One lone robin, seemingly the last of his kind, is sent by a Great Wise Owl, part of the Great Council, on a quest to enlist the aid of thre... Read More