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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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The One and Only Ivan
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The One and Only Ivan
December 7th, 2015
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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November 9th, 2015
This book was so good!It was funny to,alot of emotion. It got sad then happy then sad then happy . Happy reading Lucy 5
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SUPER GOOD
May 19th, 2015
you have to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ONE AND ONLY IVAN
January 16th, 2015
I have only read till page 113 but I can tell u it is getting really good and it is written from Ivan.
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The one and only ivan
April 22nd, 2014
The book was good because it gave the perspective of an animal and human
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The one and only ivan
April 22nd, 2014
The book was good because it gave the perspective of an animal and human
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The one and only Ivan
November 9th, 2013
What a great little book. Our girls' book club loved it. Highly recommended.
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