A Single Shard

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Dell Yearling, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
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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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Prose is interesting. - LibraryThing
While I did enjoy the novel, it moves at a slow pace. - LibraryThing
No pictures in book (just cover). - LibraryThing

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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  - Laura - Goodreads

Audio version with the kids. What a beautiful story of a young orphan raised by a wise man whose discussion of ethics and storytelling guides his character development. He is given work by an accomplished potter and the chance to respond in gratefulness and prove his own talent. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Linda Sue Park’s latest book is When My Name Was Keoko.

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