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Winner of the 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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on January 17, 2012 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0061992259
ISBN-13: 9780061992254
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  • beequeen
    beequeenTuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:25 am55 stars
    This is over all my favorite book ever!!!You guys need to read it. And I know that most of you are as exited for school as me!!!! Stay strong and brave we will get through this!
    • hockey_dude77
      hockey_dude77Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8:00 am55 stars
      A gorilla named Ivan tries to make together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella. They hatch a plan to escape from captivity while doing this. I loved this book.
      • bondgirl08
        bondgirl08Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:09 am
        This book told you how to keep promise and help other people and be a leader not a follower.
        • bryn28
          bryn28Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:32 am33 stars
          This book was about a grilla in some mall that had a zoo then a new baby elephant comes and the oner goes out of business and they go to a zoo.
          • hedgedog
            hedgedogTuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm55 stars
            This book is so heart warming. I love the part when Ivan helps Ruby and saves her. But the sadness that comes over him how losing his friend Stella gives a sad state of feelings.
            • bsc
              bscTuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:50 am44 stars
              This book was so sweet! Ivan is a gorilla. He has lived at a mall for 27 years. He is used to his life and doesn't really care that much. But one day, a new baby elephant, Ruby, arrives and Ivan is determined to set them free. In this book, Katherine Applegate shows a new perspective in the One and Only Ivan. I give this book 4 stars.
              • raindrop07
                raindrop07Monday, May 18, 2020 at 7:34 am55 stars
                The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is a charming story about a silverback gorilla named that was stolen from his home and taken to a bigtop mall and arcade in Florida. He is known as the "mighty silverback" and the owner of the mall gets money from the people who come to see Ivan. The gorilla spends day after day, enjoying the company of his friends, Bob the mutt and Stella the elephant. One day, Ivan meets the new elephant that has come to the mall, Ruby and they imediately become good friends. Sadly though, Ivan is devastated when Stella, his friend dies and Ruby is left as Ivan's responsibility. Ivan promises that he will get Ruby free and so, he begins to work and fight to be free, forever.
                • applemango
                  applemangoSaturday, May 16, 2020 at 4:08 pm55 stars
                  Ivan is living inside his domain. It is not a cage to him, simply his home. He has forgotten about his life in the jungle with his real family. Now, everyday goes by being Ivan the mighty silverback gorilla. He drinks pepsi and eats bananas. Stella a elephant living “next door” has a personality of a kind but fierce grandma. Bob, a dog sleeps on his belly everyday. Julia a girl cares for Ivan by giving him crayons, of course Ivan loves to draw. One day a young elephant Ruby comes to live in their domain. She tells Ivan about the life in the wild and how her parents were brutally treated and how she misses the wild. Ivan begins to realize his past...and then Stella goes up to the stars with her dying wish remaining with Ivan, “If she could have a life that’s...different from mine. She needs a safe place Ivan, not-”...
                  • Big mac .exeThursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm
                    I love it so hart-warming
                    • ilove2read
                      ilove2readThursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm55 stars
                      Ivan is a gorilla. He is calm and peaceful but has spent years in a tiny cage in a mall. He doesn’t really care but then a new baby elephant, Ruby comes and changes everything. Ivan realizes that maybe this isn’t supposed to be the life for them. In this heart breaking book, Katherine Applegate shows that animals have life’s just as important as humans.