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A Single Shard
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A Single Shard
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A Single Shard
Clarion Books, 2001
Ages 9 and up

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.

Winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal

2002 John Newbery Medal

To learn more about a Korean master of pottery,
watch this video, "Icheon Master Hand":

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