The One and Only Ivan

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan

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.  Yes I know, a story told by a gorilla, but his story is amazing!  Ivan was captured as a baby from the jungles of Africa and has spent the last twenty-seven 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 his home, and his art, through new eyes.  The story evolves into a personal quest for Ivan to help Ruby, his new friend.

This book is a winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. The story is a compelling page turner.  You just want to keep reading!  The words are very powerful, yet the chapters are short, making it a great choice for kids who have a hard time staying engaged in a book.  Parts of the book are very sad and emotional, but the final outcome is a joyful one. Check our Catalog

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