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A Single Shard

A Single Shard

by Linda Sue Park
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, and even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.
Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Lexile Measure
920L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
U
Publisher
HOG - HOUGHTON-MIFFLIN
Number of Pages
168
Genre
Historical Fiction

About the Author

Contributor Image Alt Tag 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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