The One and Only Ivan

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HarperCollins Publishers, Feb 16, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013
Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will appeal to fans of Michael Morpurgo.

Ivan is an easy-going gorilla who has spent his life performing for the crowds at the Exit 8 shopping mall. He rarely misses life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly thinks about it at all. But everything changes when a baby elephant called Ruby arrives and Ivan realises he must find a new life for them both. Told from Ivan’s perspective this is a stand-out novel with a pertinent message for readers of 9+.

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User Review  - michellehewitt - LibraryThing

Used this book and local history of the B&I, children warmed up slowly but as they got halfway into the book they were wanting more .Played you tube videos of Ivan at the B&I and then at the Atlanta Zoo Read full review

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User Review  - marsap - LibraryThing

A very sweet children’s book and the 2013 Newberry Award winner, The One and Only Ivan tells the tale of a “artistic” lowland Gorilla who has spent most of his life in a shopping mall circus (the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas. Ivan was well known for his paintings, which he "signed" with a thumbprint.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

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