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 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
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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