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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate Illustrated by Patricia Castelao

2013 Newbery Medal Winner

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 elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home, and his own art, through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
3.3
Lexile Measure
570L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
S
Publisher
HRP - HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS
Number of Pages
272

About the Author and Illustrator

Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave.
Patricia Castelao

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