The book for review is “A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park. This is a Newberry Medal winning book.
“A Single Shard” is set in Korea in the 12th century. Our main character, Tree-ear, is an orphan who lives under a bridge with his friend Crane-man who took him in when he was very young. They live a day-to-day life, finding food wherever and however they can find it. The village they are a part of is Ch’ulp’o which is known for its pottery and not just pottery but Celadon ware
Tree-ear is fascinated by one of the masters Min who he observes as often as he can, making sure he is always hidden. Until one day he is brave enough to look at the pottery. His curiosity fails him as Min returns to find the unwelcome visitor.
Tree-ear wants to learn the art and is hoping by being Min’s helper that one day he to will be able to learn the craft. It doesn’t take him long to find out how much work is involved as well as the time and effort needed.
Min’s dream is to get a royal commission. But it is up to Tree-ear to bring the work to the city in one piece.
I absolutely loved this book, it didn’t take but a few days to read it. It was a delight to read.