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A Single Shard
Category: Language Arts: Fiction
Grade Level: Grades 4th to 8th
Author: Linda Sue Park
Copyright/published Year: 2003 by Random House
Description: Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village and longs to learn how to create the delicate ceramics himself after he watches master potter Min making his beautiful pottery.
This is the 2002 Newbery Winner, see a complete list.
This book also available with a Literature Guide.
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. This book is new.
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