A Single Shard

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Dell Yearling, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
817 Reviews
Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean potters' village. For a long time he is content living with Crane-man under a bridge barely surviving on scraps of food. All that changes when he sees master potter Min making his beautiful pottery. Tree-ear sneaks back to Min's workplace and dreams of creating his own pots someday. When he accidentally breaks a pot, he must work for the master to pay for the damage. Though the work is long and hard, Tree-ear is eager to learn. Then he is sent to the King's Court to show the master's pottery. Little does Tree-ear know that this difficult and dangerous journey will change his life forever.

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Good plot, interesting history and good writing. - Goodreads
The plot was horrific as well as the story. - Goodreads
What a sweet story, with a nice ending. - Goodreads
I LOVED the character development. - Goodreads
A beautifully written, researched, and simple story. - Goodreads
... i am dying all over again just writing about it! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

Absolutely lovely. This is a beautiful story of loss, love, family, loyalty, and art. Beautiful. Park's writing is understated writing teems with powerful imagery and heart. Highly recommended. Read full review

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Simple and meaningful. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Linda Sue Parkís latest book is When My Name Was Keoko.

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