Title Profile & Character Information

A Single Shard

Annotation
Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean potters’ village. When he accidentally breaks a pot, he must work for the master to pay for the damage by setting off on a difficult and dangerous journey that will change his life forever.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Awards
2002  Newbery Medal

Characters
NameTree-ear
GenderMale
TraitsOrphan
Homeless

NameCrane-man
GenderMale
TraitsDisabled
Homeless

NameMin
GenderMale
OccupationArtist
TraitMarried

GenreFiction
Historical
Sociological
Coming of age
TopicsOrphans
Homeless
Dreams
Search for a better life
Journeys
Perseverance
Trust
Responsibility
SettingCh'ulp'o, Korea
Village
Village famous for its ceramic pottery