The One and Only Ivan

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Harper Collins, Jan 17, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
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Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller!

This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.


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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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Katherine Applegate is the Newbery Medal–winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for young readers, including The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, Wishtree, and the Animorphs series. She lives with her husband and their children in California.

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