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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Sue Park Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2002 ISBN: 9780807207031
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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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Park molds 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)

  • Intrigues, danger, and the same strong focus on doing what is right turn a simple story into a compelling read. . . . A timeless jewel. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
  • “This book not only gives readers insight an unfamiliar time and place, but it is also a great story.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This quiet, but involving story draws readers into a very different time and place. Though the society has its own conventions, the hearts and minds and stomachs of the characters are not so far removed from those of people today. 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)

  • Winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal
  • A 2003 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2003 ALA Notable Book for Audio
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2003 School Library Journal Best Book
  • Winner of Newbery Medal Winner, 2002

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisha | 2/4/2014

    " What a beautiful book; a story that even brought a tear to my eye! I am a mother who loves books and wants to surround my children with a variety of wonderful books! Single Share is one I look forward to sharing with them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 1/30/2014

    " this book is great!!! i thought it was OK at the beginning, but it was amazing at the end!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alena | 1/21/2014

    " This book has a Cinderella theme except the main character is a boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cori | 1/6/2014

    " I LOVED this book. It's an adventure-ish story in long ago Korea and though the ending was a little flat for me I still have to give it 5 stars. The whole story was touching and just really really really ridiculously good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/6/2014

    " I read this a while ago. I remember liking it. It is one of my mom's favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza Mansuetto Uribe | 1/3/2014

    " Simple, beautiful. Great character development. Everyone has special qualities even if they are not main characters. Loyalty is a main theme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Bess | 12/30/2013

    " I absolutely loved this tale for that is what it is. A tale of what it means to dream, to long, and to belong. I would recommend this to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristypendrey | 12/24/2013

    " Fun interesting read. This book demonstrates the value of never giving up, hard work, and courage. It took me only a day to read and it was a day (an evening really) well spent. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ME Pruitt | 12/9/2013

    " As far as young adult books go, you're not going to find a better one. If you asked most people if they'd be interested in reading a fictional story about pottery making centuries ago, they'd groan. This story makes that topic seem exciting and fresh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ada | 11/21/2013

    " I like it I am hoping it will get more exciting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Guarisco | 11/12/2013

    " A gorgeously written book -- I can definitely see why it won the Newbery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 11/3/2013

    " The audio started a bit slow, but once it got going I was so invested in Tree-ear's future. Love the descriptions of pottery work. Great imagery. I don't often read (or listen to) books twice, but this story is so finely crafted I am going to have to read the text as well. I'm looking forward to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jazzw | 8/29/2013

    " Interesting, historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Namarie | 3/6/2013

    " tree-ear is a boy who want to make clay pots min was his teacher he must brought her teacher's clay to capital of korea pots broke but he can brought 1 piece to palace then he could back and be assistant of min "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Holtzen | 1/19/2013

    " Reading it for the second time (in the decade) after seeing the fantastic Seattle Children's Theater production. Now reading it as a writer is a newly gratifying experience. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Massie | 9/17/2012

    " Eww...this book was gross!!!! i am dying all over again just writing about it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacquie | 7/27/2012

    " A very quick read about a young 12th century orhpan in Korea. Delves into the importance of the pottery made in that era and customs of the culture. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 7/22/2012

    " Not my cup of tea. ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janae | 4/13/2012

    " Recommended it to my son and my husband. I thought it was interesting and smoothly written. Had a good pace to the story and liked the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wintergirl | 3/25/2012

    " I liked this book, becase it tells about a journey that a young man takes that test his loyalty and dedication to Min. It is a heart warming story and I recommend it to all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 10/13/2011

    " I liked this story a lot - I liked the attention to detail, the whole Oriental way of thinking. Yes, it was sad in some ways, but it fed my spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Banana | 8/2/2011

    " This was my favorite book for a long time. It's really short too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tweller83 | 7/31/2011

    " An interesting cultural book. I learned a great deal about pottery and colors, even though that isn't what the book is really about. An enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Witwer | 7/3/2011

    " Simply beautiful and amazing. It is a children's book, but I would give it to adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/26/2011

    " 12th Century Korea "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Harrington | 5/16/2011

    " What a sweet story, with a nice ending. Love the 2 main characters. It is a good feel cute story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 5/12/2011

    " I was bored throughout this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 5/12/2011

    " I taught this book. It is hard not to cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/6/2011

    " This book is worth the Newberry Award it received. It has some positive messages: the power of hard work, the importance of learning step by step, the importance of honesty.
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    "One hill, one valley...one day at a time, he would journey." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jwolfe5 | 5/5/2011

    " one of Haley's books that looked appealing to me. interesting story with good morals and intelligence mixed with compaasion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katniss | 4/28/2011

    " A unique book about Korea a while ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 4/24/2011

    " Great YA read. Lots of life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 4/18/2011

    " A young Korean orphan boy's dreams of becoming a potter and having a family are both realized after a long apprenticeship and a couragous act of bravery. Hard work, determination, bravery, and persistance all pay off for Tree Ear. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily the Zepik [Peanut Butter is my true love] | 4/9/2011

    " This book had NOTHING interesting happen. It's soooo boring. I had to read it for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jtz | 4/6/2011

    " this book is one of my all-time favorites as Min learns the art of pottery, a much loved art in the town where he resides. this book is one that i could read again multiple times. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and a book of poetry.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and audio narrator, winning nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.