The One And Only Ivan

Hardcover | January 17, 2012

byKatherine Applegate

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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 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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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 h...

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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an el...

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture bookThe Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novelHome of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.Katherine was inspired to writeThe One...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 1.14 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061992259

ISBN - 13:9780061992254

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it great book
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! My 10 year old son is a very reluctant reader, but we read this book together and he never wanted us to put it down! Led to some very deep discussions and brought up some strong feelings. Great book to hook an animal lover!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute this is cute
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable book! This book is about falling down but getting the courage to get up! Ivan is a simple gorilla with a boring life in a Big Top Mall where he is famous for a silverback. But then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family. That is when Ivan realizes that Ruby doesn't belong here and has to find a way to take her to a safer home. But how? This book is perfect for animal lovers (including me!) and I give this book 5 stars!
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER GOOD you have to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE AND ONLY IVAN I have only read till page 113 but I can tell u it is getting really good and it is written from Ivan.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one and only ivan The book was good because it gave the perspective of an animal and human
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The one and only ivan The book was good because it gave the perspective of an animal and human
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The one and only Ivan What a great little book. Our girls' book club loved it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-11-09

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“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.”