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Awards

Winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal

Synopses & Reviews

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In his thirteenth year, Will Sparrow, liar and thief, becomes a runaway. On the road, he encounters a series of con artists—a pickpocket, a tooth puller, a pig trainer, a conjurer—and learns that others are more adept than he at lying and thieving. Then he reluctantly joins a traveling troupe of "oddities," including a dwarf and a cat-faced girl, holding himself apart from the "monsters" and resolving to be on guard against further deceptions. At last Will is forced to understand that appearances are misleading and that  he has been his own worst deceiver. The rowdy world of market fairs in Elizabethan England is the colorful backdrop for Newbery medalist Cushman's new comic masterpiece. 

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In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Chulpo, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potters craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Mins irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself — even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Mins work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

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From Newbery medalist Karen Cushman, the adventures of a lovable rogue and vagabond—a perfect picaresque.

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Mehrigul, 14, is a Uyghur, a tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime. Against obstacles that include her embittered father and her obligations to their farm, she has three weeks to make the baskets that will help her family and give her some hope for the future.

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Things arent looking good for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul. She yearns to be in school, but shes needed on the family farm. The longer shes out of school, the more likely it is that shell be sent off to a Chinese factory . . . perhaps never to return. Her only hope is an American woman who buys one of her decorative vine baskets for a staggering sum and says she will return in three weeks for more. Mehrigul must brave terrible storms, torn-up hands from working the fields, and her fathers scorn to get the baskets done. The stakes are high, and time is passing. A powerful intergenerational story of a strong, creative young artist in a cruelly oppressive society.

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Tree-ear is fascinated by the celedon ware created in the village of Chulpo. He is determined to prove himself to the master potter, Min—even if it means making a solitary journey to present Mins work in the hope of a royal commission . . . or arriving at the royal court with nothing but a single celadon shard.

About the Author

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets. For more infromation visit www.lspark.com.

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whitney.m.newton, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by whitney.m.newton)
This book is by far one of my favorites. I was able to relate to it so much. Tree-ear's struggles showed me that mine were nothing. He had no parents and I at leadt had a mother who loved even if my first two fathers were abusive. This book taught me that I shouldn't regret it or wish to change it because I now realize that what I went theough made me a stronger and more determined person. When Tree-ear took that one little shard to the royal commission it showed me that even the smallest things have the greatest meanings and the greatest rewards, no matter how much work it takes to achieve it. This book was an inspiration to me to not be like my first two fathers and to make my life what I wanted it to be and to work my hardest. Now I'm in an early college program and ranked 7th in my class and when I graduate in three years (I go to school for five years instead of four and graduate with my diploma and associates degree) I'll know that I'm a champion because I didn't let what happened to me hold me back I used it to move forward and drive myself to success. Thanks to this book I realized that I have a blank canvas and a entire array of paints to create my life from and do what a lot of people never thought I would do and acheive my dreams.
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jeffreylin0510, February 23, 2011 (view all comments by jeffreylin0510)
I think that this is a very interesting story and should be read by all.
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WhoahBabyx0, June 6, 2006 (view all comments by WhoahBabyx0)
I think that it was a pretty good book and it doesn't really get you that bored. So i recommend it to everyone that would ever consider reading this book. Me personally i hate reading and I chose to read this book first and im in the 7th grade so yea. This was pretty good =]
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395978276
Author:
Park, Linda Sue
Publisher:
Clarion Books
Author:
Josanne La Valley
Author:
La Valley, Josanne
Author:
Cushman, Karen
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Korea
Subject:
Pottery
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Korea History Koryæo period, 935-1392.
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Historical - Asia
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
basket;bamboo;art;creativity;China;Uyghur;farming;market
Subject:
historical fiction;novel;Elizabethan England;runaway;market fairs;con artists;pe
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
106-117
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.73 lb
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Chulpo, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potters craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Mins irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself — even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Mins work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.
"Synopsis" by ,
From Newbery medalist Karen Cushman, the adventures of a lovable rogue and vagabond—a perfect picaresque.
"Synopsis" by ,
Mehrigul, 14, is a Uyghur, a tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime. Against obstacles that include her embittered father and her obligations to their farm, she has three weeks to make the baskets that will help her family and give her some hope for the future.
"Synopsis" by , Things arent looking good for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul. She yearns to be in school, but shes needed on the family farm. The longer shes out of school, the more likely it is that shell be sent off to a Chinese factory . . . perhaps never to return. Her only hope is an American woman who buys one of her decorative vine baskets for a staggering sum and says she will return in three weeks for more. Mehrigul must brave terrible storms, torn-up hands from working the fields, and her fathers scorn to get the baskets done. The stakes are high, and time is passing. A powerful intergenerational story of a strong, creative young artist in a cruelly oppressive society.
"Synopsis" by ,
Tree-ear is fascinated by the celedon ware created in the village of Chulpo. He is determined to prove himself to the master potter, Min—even if it means making a solitary journey to present Mins work in the hope of a royal commission . . . or arriving at the royal court with nothing but a single celadon shard.
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