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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
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Mar 22, 2007

it was amazing
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Read in April, 2005

A bittersweet, poignant book about a pair of homeless friends, a crippled man, "Crane Man", and an orphaned boy, "Tree Ear", in ancient, feudal Korea. The boy's dream of becoming a potter seems hopeless, as this traditional society has strict rules by which crafts and trades are handed down from father to son. Only the son of a potter can become a potter.

Not only that, orphans are shunned socially, and destined to live on the periphery of society, eating what they can scrounge from other people's garbage heaps. We follow Tree Ear's struggles to realize his dream, despite enormous social barriers. I cried rivers over this sad, sweet book. I highly recommend it to other sentimental readers. You'll want to give it to your dearest friends, and read it to the children in your life.
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