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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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    REVIEW OF THE BRAVE GORILLA.

    This book was a very good example for keeping promises or taking risks. This isa sad book but soon... You will find out whst Ivan truly is, not just a gorilla.

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    The One and Only Ivan

    It was an amazing book!It was kind of sad ,(like any good book),but it turned out to better than I thought!

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    OMG awsome :-)

    I thought it was such a cute book that helps you understand what life is like being a captive gorilla

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    THE ONE AD ONLY IVAN

    The One and Only Ivan is a heartwarming story that speaks without words. It puts you into a different mindset; the mindset of the silverback gorrilla Ivan. Through the story, we see Ivan go through life in his cage in the most simple and carefree minded fashion, as he fights for hapiness and wellbeing, and to go, once again, outside.

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    The one and only ivan

    The book was good because it gave the perspective of an animal and human

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