Park, Linda Sue
A great title to read for anyone who is into other cultures and history, this book is about a 12th-century Korean orphan who lives under a bridge and dreams of becoming an amazing potter like all of the other men in his town.
Struggling to support himself and an old man who raised him and lives with him, Tree-ear's journey from apprentice to master potter is beset with difficulties. In a bet to rise to prominence before the King's Court, Tree-ear shows the determination to succeed.
I highly recommend this book. Tree-ear's struggle to stay alive, learn a trade, and gain notoriety has helped me understand more clearly what great obstacles homelessness and disenfranchisement are.