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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

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
6.8
Lexile Measure
920L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
U
Publisher
Yearling Books
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
152
Genre
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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