A Single Shard

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Clarion Books, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
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In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself — even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

A Single Shard tells the story of Tree-ear, an orphan boy in a twelfth century Korean seaside village. This village is known for its pottery, and Tree-ear soon finds himself apprenticed to Min, a ... Read full review

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User Review  - magarcia - LibraryThing

This is a beautiful story. Love the way the author conveys the spirits of male characters, mostly. Great way to learn about a time, a place, and a culture that you or/and students weren't familiar with before, with an uplifting and happy ending. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets. For more infromation visit www.lspark.com.

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