I think it is amazing how an orphan’s life can be changed so much by a mentor. When Tree-ear is apprenticed by a potter, he finds that love from his new father could change his life forever. I loved this book because a., I LOVE pottery, and b., it is very well written without being written in the exact same way as other Newberys. A Single Shard is still a growing up story, like almost all of the other great Newberys, but it was different and not boring because there were interesting twist and a focus what careful, slow, hard work can achieve. This book made it to my top 15 Newberys, although I haven’t written the whole list out. Three cheers for Tree-ear!!!