A Single Shard

ISBN-10: 0547534264
ISBN-13: 9780547534268
Author: Park, Linda Sue
Interest Level: 4-7
Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 2011

Copyright: 2001

Page Count: 176

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Interest Level

Grades 4-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: U
Lexile: 920L
Accelerated Reader Level: 6.6
Accelerated Reader Points: 6.0
Grade Level Equivalent: 6



BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty

JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues

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 . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.
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