The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao

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  • 0062101986
  • 9780061992278
  • 9780062101983

Soon to be a major motion picture!

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 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.

Plus don't miss Katherine Applegate's Endling series!

  • HarperCollins; January 2012
  • ISBN: 9780062101983
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The One and Only Ivan
  • Author: Katherine Applegate; Patricia Castelao (ill.)
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0062101986
  • 9780061992278
  • 9780062101983

In The Press

“Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding.”

Customer Reviews


jayla oden
10/30/2016
the one and only ivan
I absolutely love this good but sad book.I think its really good for kids to see what we think animals think and what they do when nobody there to see them.I really think its worth getting at the library or by on here.
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0062101986
  • 9780061992278
  • 9780062101983