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  - DanielleMD - LibraryThing

Absolutely heartbreaking, and in the end, life affirming. As a child I would have been all over this book, probably reading it over and over again, as I did Shiloh and Black Beauty. This is a wonderful tale about the way we treat animals. After all, elephants are people too. Read full review

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User Review  - jms001 - LibraryThing

A great, quick read for any animal lover out there. This one's got it all. A sentimental gorilla. An elephant that never forgets. A dog-gone dog. And loving people. As you read, you'll find yourself ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Katherine Applegate was born in Michigan on July 19, 1956. Her works include science fiction, young adult romances, and pop-up books. She writes the Making Waves, Making Out, and Roscoe Riley Rules series. She writes the Animorphs, Everworld, and Remnants series under the pen name K. A. Applegate. She also writes under the pen names of C. Archer, Catherine Kendall and Elizabeth Benning. In 1997, she won a Golden Duck Award (Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades) for The Message. Home of the Brave won the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction and the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award. Her title's The One and Only Ivan and Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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