The One and Only Ivan

Category: Book
By (author): Applegate, Katherine
Illustrated By: Castelao, Patricia
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 7-10
  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Apes, Monkeys, etc.
  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Zoos
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award (Illinois)
Newbery Medal
Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: January 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.75in x 5.50in x 0.93in
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From The Publisher*

Winner of the 2013 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 friendship. 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 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 their home, and his art, through new eyes.

In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope. This paperback edition includes an author's note highlighting the differences between the fictional story and true events, a version of the author's Newbery Medal acceptance speech, Ivan's "signature," discussion questions, and more.

The One and Only Ivan is a strong Common Core title that features these important strands and standards: first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); story elements (plot, character development, perspective).

Review Quote*"Will capture readers' hearts and never let go. A must have."
Review Quote*"Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan's extraordinary story."
Review Quote*"Exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage."
Review Quote*"Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding."
Review Quote*"Important."
Review Quote*"The One and Only Ivan will break your heart-and then, against all odds, mend it again. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this."
Review Quote*"A beautifully written, intelligent and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life changing."
Review Quote*"Katherine Applegate's beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own. Read it out loud. Read it alone. Read it."