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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Tree-Ear is an orphan in 11th century Korea. He lives under a bridge with Crane-Man, his one and only friend. After accidentally breaking a piece of fine pottery by the town's most skilled potter ... Read full review

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There is so much in this story it is hard to put it into any one category. Tree-ear was orphaned when he was ten and raised by Crane-man (so named because of his one unusable leg). Both live in ... 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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