A Single Shard

Pages: 160
Imprint: Rock the Boat

A Single Shard

Winner of the Newbery Medal

Linda Sue Park

A Newbery Medal-winning tale about finding belonging by the bestselling author of A Long Walk to Water
9780861541867 (20 Jan 2022)
RRP £6.99

The Book

A Newbery Medal-winning tale about finding belonging and beauty amidst hardship by the bestselling author of A Long Walk to Water

12th century Korea. Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan boy, has grown up under a bridge in the potters' village of Ch'ulp'o. He doesn't have much but he loves to watch master potter Min at work and dreams of learning the craft. When Min reluctantly agrees to take Tree-ear on as his helper, he is elated. Determined to do whatever it takes to prove himself, Tree-ear resolves to take a dangerous, solitary journey on foot to present Min's work to the King…

Additional Information

Pages 160
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the international bestseller A Long Walk to Water. When she is not writing, she serves on the advisory boards of We Need Diverse Books and the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Linda is the founder of KiBooka, a listing initiative that aims to boost Korean American and Korean diasporic voices. She has been a panelist for several awards and grants, including the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN Naylor grant, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. Linda lives in Rochester, New York, with her family and gave a popular TED talk called Can A Children's Book Change the World?


‘Park moulds a moving tribute to perseverance and creativity in this finely etched novel set in mid-to-late 12th century Korea. . . Readers will not soon forget these characters or their sacrifices.' 

- Publishers Weekly, starred review

‘Tree-ear's story conveys a time and place far away and long ago, but with a simplicity and immediacy that is both graceful and unpretentious. A timeless jewel.' 

- Kirkus

‘This book not only gives readers insight an unfamiliar time and place, but it is also a great story.'

- School Library Journal, starred review

‘Readers will feel the hunger and cold that Tree-ear experiences, as well as his shame, fear, gratitude, and love. A well-crafted novel with an unusual setting.'

- Booklist, starred review

‘Park's story is alive with fascinating information about life and art in ancient Korea.'

- Horn Book Guide

‘This finely crafted novel brings 12th-century Korea and these indelible characters to life.'

- SLJ Best Books of the Year

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