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  • Published: New York : Clarion Books, 2001.
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Description: 152 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 920

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0440418518 :
  • 0395978270 :



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A single shard

by Park, Linda Sue.

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Where To Find It

Call number: J Fiction / Park, Linda, J Fiction / Park, Linda Sue, R Newbery Medal 2002

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Traverwood Youth, West Youth

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Youth level.

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.

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Extended Family

This excellent book shares what it means to have people in your life who aren't your biological family but who care about you and treat you kindly. It also gives a good sense of what it means to be an apprentice and how long it takes to learn a craft.

Really good!

I really like this book and would recommend it for anyone looking for a good book!


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This is a good book. It tells about an orphan who wants to become a potter. It's sad at the end. His friend, Crane-man, dies.


Linda Sue Park came to my elementary school years ago, but I still remember her and her wonderful talk on her books and how to write her own. And obviously, because of this visit, I read A Single Shard and it truly was fantastic book. Highly recommended!


This was a really good book. It is an easy read, so it is ideal for the youth ages. It portrays the life of an orphan boy living in Korea, and his dream of becoming a potter himself. I would recommend this book.

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