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Saturday, October 13, 2007

#93. A Single Shard

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park


Pages: 152
Finished: Oct. 12, 2007
Reason for Reading: Newbery Project, book awards challenge
First Published: 2001
Awards: Newbery Medal
Genre: historical fiction
Rating: 3/5


First Sentence:

"Eh, Tree-Ear! Have you hungered well today?" Craneman called out as Tree-ear drew near the bridge.


Comments: An orphan boy in 12th century Korea lives under the bridge with a crippled man. He is fascinated with the pottery made by the craftsman in the nearby pottery village. He is taken on as an apprentice and his life slowly changes. This was a good book, a nice pleasant read but I guess I expected something more from a Newbery winner. I enjoy pretty much anything written about ancient Asia and this did give a wonderful portrayal of Korean life at the time.
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