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A Single Shard

A Single Shard

by Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, an 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.

A Newbery Medal Winner

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Clarion Books
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
Historical Fiction

About the Author

Linda Sue Park Linda Sue Park started writing children's books in the mid-90's, first retelling Korean folktales and later working on her novels. Her works include A Single Shard , Seesaw Girl , and The Kite Fighters .

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