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A Single Shard

By Linda Sue ParkClarion Books; $15.00



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Twelfth-century Korean pottery is an unlikely topic to capture the attention of young readers, but in the hands of master storyteller Linda Sue Park, it shapes a compelling tale of a young boy’s struggles and triumph. Winner of the 2002 American Library Association’s prestigious Newbery Medal, A Single Shard is a coming-of-age story set in ancient Korea and infused with Korean culture and folktales.

The orphan Tree-ear—nicknamed after a type of mushroom that grows without a parent plant—lives under a bridge with the disabled Crane-man, the two companions barely surviving on single grains of rice. To repay a debt, Tree-ear must work for Min, the master potter of Ch’ulp’o village. Gradually he earns Min’s trust and becomes his helper. Ultimately, Tree-ear takes a new name that identifies him as Min’s apprentice and a member of Min’s family.

Park infuses just enough details about daily life and pottery making to give credibility without weighing the story down. Korean folktales, told by Crane-man, add another layer to this satisfying short novel, which will appeal to students in fifth to eighth grade who enjoy an introspective rather than action-driven story.

–by Susan McCaffrey, Media Specialist at Haslett High School, Michigan, a reviewer for School Library Journal, and the mother of Max (seven) and Megan (five), both adopted from Korea.

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