A Single Shard
Title: A Single Shard
Author: Linda Sue Park
NEWBERY J PARK
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters’ village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
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.